Peer-Mediated Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders - SLPA2018

Peer-Mediated Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

by Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, CCC-SLP, PhD
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This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


Peer-mediated interventions (PMIs) involve training peers without disabilities to be responsive social partners to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Peers and students with ASD are taught specific communication skills to initiate and respond to each other within engineered and routine social contexts (e.g., centers, recess, small groups). The goal of PMIs is to increase opportunities children have to interact in an adult-supported, socially successful activity that ultimately leads to more independent reciprocal interactions and possible friendships. For older students with ASD, peer networks are small groups of peers who meet regularly to plan social activities, seek solutions to social problems and create daily interaction opportunities for students with ASD, resulting in positive social experiences inside and outside of the classroom.


The goal of this peer-training autism spectrum disorders continuing education program is to provide learners with strategies to train peers without disabilities to be responsive social partners to young children with ASD. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify components necessary to recruit peers and set up effective peer-mediated interventions for students with ASD
  • Describe evidence-based social intervention strategies to increase social communication and reciprocity in natural school contexts
  • Discuss appropriate social communication goals and approaches to measure both quantitative and qualitative child-peer social outcomes

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs, you must enter an ASHA Member Number as one of the licenses in your user profile. If you do not yet have an ASHA Member Number, please enter one anyway.  Please use “11111111” in the license number field and any date in the Date Issued and Date Expires fields. You can edit the license information later after you are issued your member number.
Remember, ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively, so it is very important that you follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs. If you have any questions, contact or 800-866-0919. Only those participants who follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs will have their course information submitted to the ASHA CE Registry.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)
Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, CCC-SLP, PhD, is speech-language pathologist and an assistant research professor at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas. Ms. Thiemann-Bourque has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that relate to this educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 5/15/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/3/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/15/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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SUSANNAH B - Oxford, MS  ·  Jan 30, 2018
not as descriptive as needed
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Stephen K - Seattle, WA  ·  Jan 01, 2018
I learned a lot about how to complete intervention for children with ASD.
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Dianne T - Goldsboro, NC  ·  Dec 14, 2017
Good information was presented in this course
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Rosa T - Jupiter, FL  ·  Dec 05, 2017
Very helpful and encouraging
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Keri K - Commack, NY  ·  Mar 09, 2017
It was well written and presented!
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00