PEERS Training in Lincoln Area Draws Educators, Parents, and Providers from across the State

Milford, Nebraska - January 30, 2020

PEERS Training in Lincoln Area Draws Educators, Parents, and Providers from across the State

On January 30, 2020, ASN presented an extremely high-quality training for educators, parents, and providers who work with (or live with) teens or adults on the autism spectrum. It was called the “ASN PEERS Training Event,” and featured a day-long interactive presentation from the Nebraska ASD Network that showed attendees how they might implement the innovative, evidence-based PEERS curriculum.

While the event took place in at the “ESU 6” building in Milford (approximately 17 miles west of Lincoln), it drew attendees from Grand Island, Lincoln, and the Omaha metropolitan area, as well as points beyond.

PHOTO: Building sign for Educational Service Unit 6, Milford, Nebraska.
Building sign for Educational Service Unit 6, Milford, Nebraska sits in a snow covered garden on the morning of January 30, 2020.

The curriculum was developed at UCLA in the early years of this century and now leads the industry in social skills-building curricula in the autism world.

PHOTO: Presenters at the PEERS Training Event at the Milford, Nebraska ESU 6 Building speak to dozens of educators, parents, and providers.
Presenters at the PEERS Training Event at the Milford, Nebraska ESU 6 Building speak to dozens of educators, parents, and providers.

Presenters included Annette Wragge, M. Ed, BCBA, of the Nebraska ASD Network,  and Mary Schlieder, the 2008 Nebraska Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

Attendees gather to listen to Ms. Wragge and Ms. Schlieder lead a day-long seminar about the acclaimed PEERS curriculum, which teaches social skills to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Groups listened to presentations, watched videos produced by the curriculum authors at University of California at Los Angeles, and engaged in small group discussions about how they might implement the PEERS programs in their own professional settings (schools, therapy offices, homes).

A table of seven PEERS Training attendees review notes and look at material covered in the January 30 seminar.

For more information about the ASN PEERS Training series, click HERE.

An attendee of the January 30 PEERS Training Event writes on a whiteboard at the ESU 6 Building as part of a small-group conversation about implementing the PEERS curriculum.