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All the social skills programs on the market focus on young children. What about teens and young adults?

The FriendMaker mobile app and the book The Science of Making Friends by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson distill guidance from UCLA's acclaimed PEERS program, the only evidence-based social skills intervention available for teens and young adults with autism and other social impairments. The app breaks down the process of making friends into easy, concrete steps—from choosing friends and improving conversational skills to online etiquette and handling teasing. The role-play videos demonstrate these social skills in action. For Apple iPhone and iPad, the FriendMaker app can help adolescents and adults who struggle socially, including those with autism spectrum disorders/Asperger’s, ADHD, bipolar, sensory processing disorder—or just anyone who could use a primer on the unwritten rules of social behavior.

Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her book The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults [with DVD] was published in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass. Dr. Laugeson presents her research at conferences internationally and her work has been featured in major media ranging from the Washington Post to People magazine.

Key Features:

• Discover the unwritten rules of social behavior
• Concrete, step-by-step guidance for entering conversations, scheduling get-togethers, dealing with conflict, and more
• A wealth of videos demonstrate social Dos and Don’ts
• Research backed, evidence-based program

► Praise for Elizabeth Laugeson and The Science Of Making Friends

“Dr. Liz Laugeson has devoted her career to studying the behaviors that lead to social failure and finding ways to teach alternate ways of acting. If you follow the guidelines [in Dr. Laugeson's book], I guarantee you will see greater social success. And that is one of the best predictors of happiness and good life outcome. I can't stress strongly enough what it’s meant to me.”
—John Elder Robison, New York Times bestselling author, Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

“Coping with the confusing, conflicting, and complex demands of the social world is one of the biggest challenges for those with autism. There is a pressing need for evidence-based interventions to support these young people and Laugeson’s book is one of the first to help fill this gap.”
—Patricia Howlin, emeritus professor of Clinical Child Psychology, King’s College London

“We often think of friendship as more an art than a science, but Laugeson's work proves otherwise. Accurate, concise, and highly useful, the book sets a new standard for translating research into practice.”
—Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., clinical director, The Amal Group, and chair of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research

“…an almost chronological journey from how to find a potential group of friends to what to do to make a friend to how to talk to and engage with that person—a journey that is well worth taking.”
—Catherine Lord, Ph.D., director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain; professor, Columbia University

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
Lysander Spooner 2

Great supplemental tool, but needs to be updated regularly.

This is a wonderful supplemental tool to the PEERS program, but needs to be updated and have bugs fixed on a regular basis. When I installed it on my iPad Pro, I got a message that it may slow down my iPad, because the developer needs to update it. I love the idea of the supplemental app, but an app with bugs and that is not updated regularly is worse than no app at all.


Step by step social skills

This app breaks down the skills that many of us take for granted. It really helps kids to know what the steps are for conversations and friendships. Since the app is portable, my teen can take it with him to help remember the important steps. (I leaned a few things too).


Help on the move

This app is perfect to go with the book The Science of Making Friends. Just in case we forget something from our lesson, we can look it up on our phones. So easy to use!


549 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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