Peers

Supporting young people with autism to make friends

Thanks to the PEERS training app, young people with autism can expand their social environment. It allows them to adapt more easily and make friends, and also contributes to better results at school or work.

Peers app screens

The challenge

Our social interaction is full of unwritten rules. Waiting your turn, asking a question back, looking at each other… quite a lot to remember. For young people with an autism spectrum disorder, all these things are far from obvious. The youth organization PEERS organizes physical meetings to help these young people, but didn’t have an app with which young people could practise social interactions at home, or a tool enabling young people to view the tips they’d learnt at any time. That’s where we came in.

 

The solution

The PEERS app provides a continuous and integrated learning experience, allowing participants to continue learning outside of PEERS meetings. Young people with autism spectrum disorder can easily check off their weekly practice assignments as they complete them. When they have completed all their assignments, they can take the quiz for that level to check their understanding of the important content. The app tracks assignments and user progress. The biggest advantage of the app is that all the information is in one place, accessible anywhere and at any time. This way users can quickly read the advice they need at the moment they need it.

The execution

The PEERS app is a collaboration between Innovattic, the Autism Expertise Center and the young people who will use the app. We asked the group what situations they encountered, what their needs were and how the app could help. We visited the young people and their parents to present a prototype, ask questions and fine-tune our design in a familiar environment. The app was created to support users building friendships. It contains a lot of information, but in a clear enough way that everyone can use it. We will continue to be involved in the project to add material and develop new updates.

 

The result

An app that helps users to make friends is important. Good friendships protect young people against early school leaving, prevent psychological problems (such as anxiety and depression) and help them cope better with stressful events. We’re pleased to say that PEERS was very happy with the app, and the original creator of the PEERS program in America has also suggested that we add the PEERS American content to the app in the future.

Lauwerens Metz

Want to know more about PEERS?

Please contact Lauwerens. He can tell you all about Innovattic's expertise in creating digital projects with great social impact, just like the PEERS app.

 

Lauwerens
06 10 70 27 11
lauwerens@innovattic.com

Peers

Supporting young people with autism to make friends

Thanks to the PEERS training app, young people with autism can expand their social environment. It allows them to adapt more easily and make friends, and also contributes to better results at school or work.

The challenge

Our social interaction is full of unwritten rules. Waiting your turn, asking a question back, looking at each other… quite a lot to remember. For young people with an autism spectrum disorder, all these things are far from obvious. The youth organization PEERS organizes physical meetings to help these young people, but didn’t have an app with which young people could practise social interactions at home, or a tool enabling young people to view the tips they’d learnt at any time. That’s where we came in.

 

The solution

The PEERS app provides a continuous and integrated learning experience, allowing participants to continue learning outside of PEERS meetings. Young people with autism spectrum disorder can easily check off their weekly practice assignments as they complete them. When they have completed all their assignments, they can take the quiz for that level to check their understanding of the important content. The app tracks assignments and user progress. The biggest advantage of the app is that all the information is in one place, accessible anywhere and at any time. This way users can quickly read the advice they need at the moment they need it.

The execution

The PEERS app is a collaboration between Innovattic, the Autism Expertise Center and the young people who will use the app. We asked the group what situations they encountered, what their needs were and how the app could help. We visited the young people and their parents to present a prototype, ask questions and fine-tune our design in a familiar environment. The app was created to support users building friendships. It contains a lot of information, but in a clear enough way that everyone can use it. We will continue to be involved in the project to add material and develop new updates.

 

The result

An app that helps users to make friends is important. Good friendships protect young people against early school leaving, prevent psychological problems (such as anxiety and depression) and help them cope better with stressful events. We’re pleased to say that PEERS was very happy with the app, and the original creator of the PEERS program in America has also suggested that we add the PEERS American content to the app in the future.

Lauwerens Metz

Want to know more about PEERS?

Please contact Lauwerens. He can tell you all about Innovattic's expertise in creating digital projects with great social impact, just like the PEERS app.

 

Lauwerens
06 10 70 27 11
lauwerens@innovattic.com

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