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
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
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.
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