This is something a little different for my blog. My little brother is 22 years old. He’s also on the Autism Spectrum. In the last couple of years, he has faced so many challenges when it comes to trying to navigate adult life in a way that works for him. He doesn’t have what we would call ‘normal’ social skills for someone of his age. His mind works in a way that many can’t understand. He’s very isolated, mostly staying in his room. I’m 9 years older and know how great he can be and how much he could do in social, work and other environments, if only there were the right programs available to teach him the skills he needs to socialise and communicate with outers.
On 28-30 January 2019, the PEERS for Young Adults Certified Training Seminar will be run at the University of Sydney by the founder of the PEERS UCLA Clinic, Dr Elizabeth Laugeson. This is one of the world’s first evidence-based social skills programs for teens and young adults with autism, and parents and carers can join health practitioners and educators to learn the social skills needed to teach young people with autism how to form and maintain friendships and relationships.
“PEERS – the highly successful evidence-based social skills program for teens and young adults with autism, and other social challenges – is launching in Australia January 2019. Learn the social skills with other parents to help 18-35s form and maintain friendships and relationships..”
Some Facts about people on the spectrum
- Did you know 1 in 70 Australians have autism?
- There are 354,000 people in Australia with autism
- Did you know that autism is four times more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls?
- Girls with autism often go undiagnosed until adolescence
- Did you know mental health conditions are 16 times more common in young people with autism?
- Did you know 50% of autistic Australians have difficulty getting or changing jobs?
I’m not in a position to give you all of the information, I just know how important it is for people who need this program to know about it. For all of the information on PEERS please visit www.peersaustralia.com.au