ERIC Number: EJ1064167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 22
Peer-Mediated Social Skills Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Battaglia, Allison A.; Radley, Keith C.
Beyond Behavior, v23 n2 p4-13 Win 2014
Teachers must be skilled in providing differentiated instruction to adequately meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who require additional attention and support. Peer-mediation intervention is suggested as a tool to assist teachers. In peer-mediated interventions, peers may be trained to initiate social interactions and respond to social initiations. Peer-mediated interventions provide children with access to social situations in which they can practice skills in multiple settings and with multiple peers, allowing children with ASD to contact natural maintaining contingencies for social-skill use. This article describes four simple steps for implementing peer-mediated interventions with children with ASD: (1) selecting peers; (2) identifying target behaviors and collecting baseline data; (3) choosing and implementing a peer-mediated intervention strategy; and (4) monitoring progress. The authors state that for peer-mediated intervention to be effective, however, school personnel must carefully select effective peers and match the type of skill deficit with an appropriate intervention strategy.
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Children, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Progress Monitoring, Case Studies, Skill Development, Role Models, Training, Communication Skills
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