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ASU Peer Program for Socialization (APPS)

ASU Peer Program for Socialization (APPS) is an activity-based program where preteens and teens with social communication difficulties learn and practice successful social communication and interaction with peers. Activity-based intervention engages preteens and teens and provides a context to practice social skills learned in intervention. Activities are structured around a variety of themes such as arts/crafts, games, cooking, music, science experiments, drama, and more. 

What can I expect?

  • Graduate clinicians, guided by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists, will implement therapy
  • Skills targeted are related to making and keeping friends. Some examples include:
    • Joining in activities with peers
    • Engaging in successful conversations
    • Using and understanding body language and tone of voice
    • Increasing range of conversational topics and interests
    • Handling disagreements and compromising
    • Explaining ideas and cooperative verbal problem solving
    • Considering the perspective of others in conversations
    • Building self-esteem
    • Recognizing personal talents and strengths

Who can attend?

Preteens and teens ages 10-16 who have goals diagnosed or undiagnosed. The group is formed by matching members based on age and speech-language skills and needs.

APPS Life Hacks 101:  ASU Peer Program for Socialization

ASU Peer Program for Socialization (APPS) Life Hacks 101 is an activity-based program where teens and young adults with social communication difficulties learn and practice successful social communication and interaction with peers. Activity-based intervention engages teens and young adults and provides a context to practice social skills learned in intervention. Activities are structured around a variety of themes. 

What can I expect?

  • Graduate clinicians, guided by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists, will implement therapy
  • Skills targeted are related to making and keeping friends. Some examples include:
    • Joining in activities with peers
    • Engaging in small talk and mastering reciprocal conversation
    • "Reading Between the Lines" in conversation and interactions
    • Exploring the boundaries in conversations, relationships and interactions
    • Learning when and how to use formal and informal verbal and nonverbal communication
    • Presenting self and communicating successfully in interviews
    • Building self-esteem
    • Recognizing personal talents and strengths

Who can attend?

Teens and young adults ages 17-25 who have goals diagnosed or undiagnosed. The group is formed by matching members based on age and speech-language skills and needs.

For more information or to register for the APPS and APPS Life Hacks 101, call the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic at (480) 965-2373 or email shsclinic@asu.edu.