People with autism and Asperger's syndrome often have problems forming relationships and getting on with other people. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a 12-week class - called PEERS - which aims to boost the social skills of teenagers with milder forms of autism and Asperger's. The programme is made up of 12 weekly classes where teenagers are taught how to pick the right peer group, join in conversations, be a good 'host' for get togethers and handle teasing or arguments. A trial of the programme on 33 12-17-year-olds led to parents reporting improvements in their children's social skills and the teenagers having more interaction with their friends outside school.
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