The FriendMaker mobile app and the book The Science of Making Friends by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson distill guidance from UCLA’s acclaimed PEERS program, the only evidence-based social skills intervention available for teens and young adults with autism and other social impairments. The app breaks down the process of making friends into easy, concrete steps—from choosing friends and improving conversational skills to online etiquette and handling teasing. The role-play videos demonstrate these social skills in action. For Apple iPhone and iPad, the FriendMaker app can help adolescents and adults who struggle socially, including those with autism spectrum disorders/Asperger’s, ADHD, bipolar, sensory processing disorder—or just anyone who could use a primer on the unwritten rules of social behavior.
Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her book The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults [with DVD] was published in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass. Dr. Laugeson presents her research at conferences internationally and her work has been featured in major media ranging from the Washington Post to People magazine.
- Discover the unwritten rules of social behavior
- Concrete, step-by-step guidance for entering conversations, scheduling get togethers, dealing with conflict, and more
- A wealth of videos demonstrate social Dos and Don’ts
- Research backed, evidence-based program
Download the FriendMaker app for free until the end of October.