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Outcomes for Peer LINKS: Part I. Benefits for Students with ASD. Access to general education curriculum Learn from peers Natural contexts to learn and practice skills. Benefits for Average and H igh-Achieving Peer Supports. Learn skills by teaching them to others

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benefits for students with asd
Benefits for Students with ASD
  • Access to general education curriculum
  • Learn from peers
  • Natural contexts to learn and practice skills
benefits for average and h igh achieving peer supports
Benefits for Average and High-Achieving Peer Supports
  • Learn skills by teaching them to others
  • Gain skills in organization, responsibility, problem-solving, decision-making and accountability (Carter, Cushing & Kennedy, 2009)
benefits for at risk link students who are peer supports
Benefits for At-Risk LINK Students who are Peer Supports

“For low-achieving students in particular…the opportunity to practice [academic strategies] through teaching them to others, may also promote increased engagement and learning. Students more readily acquire academic content when they must explain it to others and are responsible for ensuring another’s learning” (Carter & Kennedy, 2006, p. 287).

data from 4 high schools in michigan 2012 2013 school year

Data from 4 High Schools in Michigan2012-2013 School-Year

Thank you to:

Grand Haven High School

Haslett High School

Hemlock High School

Lapeer West High School

information provided by school s taff
Information Provided by School Staff:
  • School Absences
  • Semester GPA
  • Behavior Referrals
29 link students with low gpas

29 LINK Students with Low GPAs

GPA less than 2.5 before participating as a LINK

data for 12 link students with behavior challenges

Data for 12 LINK students with Behavior Challenges

Each of these LINK students had 2 or more behavior referrals in the semester prior to becoming a LINK

  • Changes in GPA
    • More significant for students who had lower initial GPAs
    • C average to a B- average
  • Attendance
    • Reduced absences
  • Behavior Problems
    • Reduction in behavior referrals
    • Reduction in detentions
peer support programs make a difference
Peer Support Programs Make a Difference
  • Benefits are NOT just for students with ASD, but also for peer supports
final thoughts

Final Thoughts

Data, Data, Data

elementary data collection
Elementary Data Collection
  • Tracked data on absences for 9 students with ASD at Murphy Elementary before and after implementing a Peer Support program