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6018 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215

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Helping Autistic Teens and Young Adults Live Successful Lives


IRL Social Skills is proud to present this 50-minute talk about their Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents and young adults who want to learn ways to help them make and keep friends, gain and keep a job, and develop and sustain romantic relationships.

Mara McLoughlin and Tommy Murphy, speech-language pathologists and co-teachers of PEERS® will share information on this evidence-based curriculum from UCLA that teaches autistics and their "social coaches" (usually parents) how to make and keep friends, find and retain employment, and dating etiquette.


In this talk, you will learn:
- what the research shows about social skills deficits in ASD and why explicit instruction and direct practice is necessary to address them
- the role parents play in social skill acquisition
- long-term outcomes of participation in evidence-based social skills curriculums

The next Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS®, class starts Thursday, February 6, 2020 and meets every Thursday until May 28, 2020. Free screenings to determine eligibility for autistic individuals and their social coaches (usually parent/s). Private pay only, although insurance companies can get a prior authorization for reimbursement.Come see us! Ask us anything!

WHAT50-Minute Presentation about the PEERS® Classes (scheduled to begin next February)

WHENMonday, November 11, 2019 | 6:30pm to 8pm



Brightside Coworking
6018 SE Stark St.
(6:30pm to 8pm) ​


Mara McLoughlin, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

IRL Social Skills

Mara is a nationally and state certified Speech-Language Pathologist and certified provider of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS®, from UCLA's Semel Institute. She has had a special focus on autism spectrum disorders since 2009. Her breadth of experience from early intervention to post-high has afforded her the opportunity to provide intervention for autistic people of varying levels of communication ability. Her business, IRL Social Skills, LLC, brings the PEERS® evidence-based social skills curriculum to adolescents and young adults and their social coaches.

Thomas Murphy, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

IRL Social Skills

Thomas (Tommy) has over 15 years of history working with people with disabilities. He graduated in 2010 from Portland State University with his Masters in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Since then, Tommy has been employed in the Reynolds School District, serving as the Speech Language Pathologist of Reynolds High School. Over the years, he has moved from providing small group therapy to whole class instruction for neurodiverse learners. His class focuses on the executive functioning and social skills students need to finish school, make friends, as well as gain and keep employment. Tommy has a strong focus on helping students gain independence, and to celebrate the wonderful differences that emerge from diverse and unique backgrounds. In his free time, Tommy enjoys being outdoors, hula-hooping, and spinning fire.