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ERIC Number: EJ1171403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Using Structural Analysis to Inform Peer Support Arrangements for High School Students with Severe Disabilities
Huber, Heartley B.; Carter, Erik W.; Lopano, Sarah E.; Stankiewicz, Kristen C.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v123 n2 p119-139 Mar 2018
We examined the effects of peer support arrangements as an alternative to exclusive direct support from paraprofessionals for three high school students with severe disabilities in general education classrooms. We also explored the use of structural analysis as a data-based approach for further refining the interventions to enhance their impact in particular classrooms. Peer support arrangements were associated with substantial increases in social outcomes; academic engagement maintained or improved modestly for all participants. Moreover, structural analyses yielded findings used to adapt peer support arrangements to address students' individual needs. Although the effects of structural analysis-based adaptations resulted in increases in social responses for only one participant, levels of social interactions maintained, and improvements in academic engagement occurred for two participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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