The Friends Project: Efficacy of telehealth delivered social skills training for ABI/CP

Chief Investigators: Sakzewski, Gilmore, McIntyre, Smithers-Sheedy, Hilton, Laugeson.

Study Design: Multi-site RCT.

Aims: Efficacy of telehealth delivered Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills-PEERSĀ® to improve social knowledge/competence & participation, and achieve social goals for adolescents with ABI/CP. PEERSĀ® is a 14 week x 1.5 hr/wk manualised group based social skills training program with a concurrent parent/caregiver group, originally delivered face to face. The program will be adapted for telehealth. Outcomes at baseline, 14 wks & 6 mths.

Update: Consumer consultation to inform design, with caregivers and participants who received PEERS face-to-face.

Project members

A/Prof. Leanne Sakzewski

Senior Research Fellow
Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland

Dr Sarah McIntyre

Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Cerebral Palsy Alliance, University of Sydney

Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy

Research Fellow
Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney