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ERIC Number: EJ1147745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Power-PALS (Peers Assisting, Leading, Supporting): Implementing a Peer-Mediated Intervention in a Rural Middle School Program
Collet-Klingenberg, Lana; Neitzel, Jen; LaBerge, Julie
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v31 n2 p3-11 Jun 2012
Teaching staff at a rural middle school, with support from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD), implemented a peer-mediated intervention. This program involved 4 learners with ASD and 18 typical peers divided into three groups that met over a semester as typical peers were taught about social skills and specific ways to support their classmates with ASD. While quantitative data were limited, outcomes suggest that Power Pals had a significant impact on school experiences and social interactions for both learners with and without ASD. Implications for future research and implementation in rural settings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325G070004