Peer to Peer Support

This module will provide information about a system to establish a peer to peer support programs to increase opportunities for students with ASD to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only affects outcomes for the students with ASD, but can also impact a number of outcomes for typical peers and at risk students.  

The specific steps for developing a peer to peer support program will be presented including: recruitment, training and maintenance of the peer to peer support students. This module will also include the concept of medium of exchange as a way to connect students.

Module Goals / Objectives:

  1. Participants will leave with an understanding of the medium of exchange
  2. Participants will leave with the crucial elements when recruiting natural supports in the work place
  3. Participants will leave with the crucial elements needed when training the natural supports in the work place.

AGENDA

Day 1:
  8:30 - 10:00   Development of Peer to Peer supports
10:00 - 10:15   BREAK
10:15 - 11:30   Medium of Exchange
11:30 - 12:30   LUNCH
12:30 - 1:45     Connecting the "peer" to person w/ ASD
   1:45 - 2:00     BREAK
   2:00 - 3:30     Connecting the "peer" – cont’d

Day 2:
  8:30 - 10:00   Meeting Mechanics process
10:00 - 10:15   BREAK
10:15 - 11:30   Meeting Mechanics in Educational world
11:30 - 12:30   LUNCH
12:30 - 1:45    Balancing Naturalness & Individual needs
   1:45 - 2:00    BREAK
   2:00 - 3:30    Balancing Naturalness & Individual needs – cont’d

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