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ASU Peer Program for Socialization (APPS)

For summer 2020, APPS will be offered free of charge, thanks to a generous donation from the ASU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The 2020 program will be in an online format.

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, please contact the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Dates and Times

June 1 - 29, 2020, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 - 4 p.m.
Note:- These dates apply to both APPS and APPS 101