PEERS© Summer Boot Camp for Middle Schoolers

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is an evidence-based social skills group for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression and other socioemotional challenges. The group focuses on helping participants and their parents learn new ways of making and keeping friends. Middle school-aged students are taught social skills through didactic and interactive lessons including role plays. This week-long in person boot camp will focus on teaching participants skills related to using appropriate conversational skills such as how to exchange information with others in a reciprocal manner, entering and exiting conversations.

A parent session, to be held on the fifth day, will provide parents with a summary of skills learned during the week and how to help their child continue developing the skills beyond the group setting. Parent participation is required.

Participants who tend to benefit from this group include those who possess average or better expressive and receptive communication abilities, respond well to verbal feedback, do not require a significant amount of individualized behavioral support, are motivated to learn how to make new friends and attend voluntarily. Due to the nature and structure of the group, participants with lower cognitive abilities and those with low motivation tend to not benefit as fully from the group.

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The group will be run by Zaheeda Virani, Psy.D., who is a PEERS for Adolescents Certified Provider, and Ally Burr-Harris, Ph.D.

5 sessions, 90 minutes each (4 child sessions, 1 parent session)

Group size is limited to 8 participants.

Cost: $300.00 (not insurance billable)

Dates: August 22nd to August 26 (1:30pm-3pm). No before/after care provided outside of group hours.

Location: German International School, 3900 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005 

All camp activities will be outdoors on campus with access to bathrooms and shelter as needed.  


A Relationship-Skills Day Camp for Middle Schoolers 

Children’s Program is excited to bring back our highly successful, outdoor therapeutic day camp for incoming 6th-8th graders. RISE UP provides a small microcosm of what students may experience in middle school. We hope to create a diverse membership to help group members practice key relationship skills with one another with the goal of increasing maturity and confidence. Fun-filled games, crafts, play, thought-provoking activities, and supportive group discussions center around the RISE UP principles (Respectful, Inclusive, Self-Aware, Empathic, UPstanders).We provide close supervision and a safe space to help them learn when and how to step up, but also when and how to step down. We do not allow campers to mistreat one another, and we utilize small group activities to ensure we are matching up campers who are able to support one another in their growth.  

Dates: August 22nd to August 26th, Half Day (9 AM to 12 PM). No aftercare provided outside of camp hours. 

Location: German International School, 3900 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005 

All camp activities will be outdoors on campus with access to bathrooms and shelter as needed.  

Group facilitators

Ally Burr-Harris, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist  Priya Ramanujam, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist 
Zaheeda Virani, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist  Joseph Barron, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist 
Mariko Clark, MA LPC, Professional Counselor Julia Rossi, Psy.D. Psychologist Resident 
Stephen Beard, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist Karina Peters, Psy.D. Psychologist Resident 

Cost: $400.00 (not insurance billable) 

Demand for this class is high. Please click below to request a registration packet. Please note that acceptance to the camp will also depend on whether this camp is the right fit for your child. A camp organizer will follow up with you regarding next steps. If the camp is full, we are maintaining a waiting list.