TEEN-YOUNG ADULT SERVICES

PLS provides services for teens and young adults through 22 years of age. Some of our services are listed below. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your teen or young adult.

PLS knows the unique challenges that accompany adolescence. That’s why so many Jacksonville families are turning to us as their kids become pre-teens. This is an age where developmental gaps become painfully obvious. Whether it’s tantrums or social awkwardness, many kids have grown out of these problematic behaviors and have learned to cope with their emotions by the time they turn 11 or 12. They’ve begun exploring their identities, taking on more independence and joining in to peer groups in preparation for young adulthood. But when your child has a developmental delay like autism, these skills don’t come automatically. It’s painful and even scary for parents to watch their children get left behind, and it can feel like there’s no hope. All parents lose sleep during their kids’ teenage years. For our autism parents, it’s even harder.

Ready for the bright side? These skills can be learned, and PLS are experts in teaching them. We have helped numerous teens catch up by teaching them to manage their emotions, to interact socially with others, to make and keep friends, and to even become more aware of themselves.

The most gratifying thing for us when working with teenagers is improving the whole family’s home life and setting teenagers up for success for their adult lives. - Kelly Noda, President of PLS

We ease the anxiety of parenting teens through support and collaboration, and most of all, knowing that you’re not alone.

In addition to ABA therapy, we offer PEERS for Adolescents, a parent-assisted social skills class for making and keeping friends. Teens are also welcome to attend our Summer and Winter Bridge Camps.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

What is ABA?
ABA Therapy uses basic behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, repetition, and prompting) to facilitate the development of language, positive skills and social behavior, as well as to help reduce everyday social problems and serious behavior disorders.
Our Approach
We work with all ages, from toddlers to teens, to provide one-on-one therapy at home, in our center, and in the community. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) design and oversee function-based treatments associated with the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

SOCIAL SKILLS - PEERS

As a certified PEERS® Provider, we teach young adults and teens the skills for making and keeping friends. We provide instruction and practice in important techniques for handling conflict, entering and exiting conversations, using humor and more.

Topics include:

♦ How to use appropriate conversational skills
​♦ How to be a good host during get-togethers
♦ How to find common interests by trading information
♦ How to make phone calls to friends
♦ How to appropriately use humor
♦ How to choose appropriate friends
♦ How to enter and exit conversations between peers
♦ How to be a good sport
♦ How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
♦ How to handle arguments and disagreements
♦ How to handle rumors and gossip
​♦ How to change a bad reputation

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