ERIC Number: EJ1072468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting Inclusion, Social Connections, and Learning through Peer Support Arrangements
Carter, Erik W.; Moss, Colleen K.; Asmus, Jennifer; Fesperman, Ethan; Cooney, Molly; Brock, Matthew E.; Lyons, Gregory; Huber, Heartley B.; Vincent, Lori B.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v48 n1 p9-18 Sep-Oct 2015
Ensuring students with severe disabilities access the rich relationship and learning opportunities available within general education classrooms is an important--but challenging--endeavor. Although one-to-one paraprofessionals often accompany students in inclusive classrooms and provide extensive assistance, the constant presence of an adult can inadvertently limit the social interactions and engagement of adolescents with severe disabilities within high school classrooms. Peer support arrangements can be a practical and promising alternative to exclusively relying on paraprofessionaldelivered support. We draw on our recent partnership with schools implementing these interventions for more than 50 high school students with severe disabilities and involving more than 100 peers without developmental disabilities. This article outlines practical steps for establishing these interventions in inclusive classrooms.
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Peer Teaching, Peer Relationship, Intervention, High School Students, Friendship, Social Development, Planning, Student Needs, Group Activities, Student Participation, Student Role, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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