PEERS Program

We believe that every student should be able to experience strong, supportive social connections both inside and outside of school.

PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is the foundation of our effort to ensure students, who once were isolated or neglected by peers, learn the skills they need to make and keep friends.

Research indicates that the extent to which children and adolescents possess good social skills can influence their academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities. However, it is often insufficient to assume that all necessary social and friend-making skills will be learned at home, or through indirect means. Sometimes, direct instruction in such skills is required.

In February of 2014, Lawrence School sent a core group of teachers and administrators to be trained in the PEERS model by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, the developer of the program, at UCLA. PEERS is the only evidence-based program designed to teach students how to make and keep friends that is specifically aimed at adolescents with learning differences.


PEERS is different than other social skill interventions in that its sole purpose is to help socially isolated and neglected teens make and keep friends by studying what socially successful adolescents do in social situations. Years of research in to the specific behaviors of socially successful teens was completed in order to develop the skills and strategies that form the PEERS program.

Lawrence School proudly launched the PEERS program for both middle and high school students with the start of the 2014-15 school year, with the generous support of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Lawrence School is proud to be the only school in northeast Ohio and one of only two schools in the State of Ohio to offer the PEERS program.

Lawrence School is grateful to Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and her team at UCLA for their groundbreaking research and the development of the PEERS program. With PEERS, Lawrence School is now well-equipped to assist students in changing their social landscape for the better.