Last school year, I teamed up with our school social worker to begin a brand new peer to peer program to help our students with ASD improve their social communication skills. It was a very powerful and rewarding experience. We trained ten typically developing 4th and 5th grade students to help enhance their understanding of the challenges faced by students with ASD and provide them with tools to encourage prompting and modeling of appropriate social behaviors.
These student's developed social scripts and created video models to target specific pragmatic skills. They were incredibly creative and motivated to help enhance the new friendships that they had developed within the group.
Click the link below to view my Prezi describing the research supporting utilization of peer support groups and examples from our group (permission was obtained to include students in this presentation).
This coming school year, I plan to implement an additional peer group to target improvement of cooperative and symbolic play among our preschool and kindergarten students with ASD. Have any of you developed a similar program in your school? What has been your experience?