Professional Training


UCLA PEERS Training is coming to London!

26th, 27th and 28th July

Blue Sky Autism Project is delighted to be hosting Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, founder of the evidence based UCLA PEERS® for Adolescents certified 3 day training programme. This fantastic 3 day course provides an in depth training in the evidence‐based PEERS® social skills programme for adolescents.

Course Description

The PEERS® for Adolescents Certified Training Seminar is designed exclusively for mental health professionals, educators, medical professionals, speech and language pathologists, occupational and recreational therapists, researchers, and other professionals who work with youth with social challenges. PEERS® is the ONLY available evidence‐based social skills program for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, and is used clinically for adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social challenges. Attendees will obtain 24 hours of training in the implementation of Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders, The PEERS® Treatment Manual (Laugeson & Frankel, 2010) and the research behind the program.

This training will enable providers to implement PEERS® in clinical or educational settings as PEERS® Certified Providers. Attendees: Anyone is welcome to attend the training and receive instruction on this type of intervention. However, all attendees seeking certification MUST be a professional or graduate student in the mental health professional, medical, or education field with the following minimum level of training: A degree in the field of psychology or a related mental health field, including, but not limited to:

• B.C.B.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.A., M.S., M.F.T., M.D., R.N., L.V.N., Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., M.P.H

• Teachers

• Speech, Occupational or Physical Therapists

• Graduate students in a mental health or education related field pursuing a master’s degree or higher Attendee qualifications must be submitted to and approved by Blue Sky Autism Project at most 14 days prior to the training in order to ensure certification.

Attendees who DO NOT meet these qualifications may purchase a ‘non‐certification’ place and receive of certificate of training, but will not be PEERS® Certified Providers.


Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London, N7 6PA Booking All bookings can be made through our Eventbrite page:

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Blue Sky Autism are leading experts in the field of early identification and early therapeutic intervention for very young children experiencing developmental delays, including autism. We offer a range of bespoke training options to nurseries and childcare settings as well as running our own Level 1 and Level 2 parent training courses.

Please contact us on for further details on consultancy and bespoke training for your nursery or childcare team.


Course 1: Early Signs of Autism – 3 hours (twilight option available)

Although autism spectrum disorders are not typically diagnosed until the 2nd or 3rd year of a child’s life (often later in the UK), there is a growing body of evidence that signs of autism can be detected before 12 months and diagnosed before 3 years old.

This course will look at early signs that have been identified through recent research as being ‘red flags’ for an autism diagnosis. It looks at how these signs may manifest within very young babies, moving through to the toddler years and the early development of language, interaction and play skills.

We will look specifically at video footage from typically developing infants and those showing red flags for autism; identify some of the first signs and later developmental markers and focus on some of the latest research studies looking at treatment and therapy approaches for this age group.


Course 2: Early Intervention Approaches Within Autism – 3 hours (twilight option available)

There is over 25 years of research into autism treatment approaches, with the biggest focus being on behavioural interventions which originated from Skinner’s work in the 1950s. With the development of the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) approach in the 1960s children with autism started to be viewed in terms of behaviour modification.

However, although the old fashioned behavioural approaches may remain, there has been a large amount of research which has moved away from pure behaviour modification into more of a relationship based, developmental mixed model. This type of approach has shown the most effective results with the youngest children with autism.

This course looks specifically at Pivotal Response Therapy, Early Start Denver Model and DIR/ Floortime, giving participants a good foundation knowledge of the evidence behind and the therapeutic rational of all three approaches.

All Professional courses are charged at £50 per person.