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Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum by Wolfberg

Many individuals with ASD want friends, but struggle with social communication skills, making it difficult to interact effectively with peers and form social relationships. Peer training and education can be vital to establishing a positive social environment for individuals with ASD. There are many strategies that involve training peers to be a "buddy" or "mentor" to enhance learning, academics and social skills for individuals with ASD. Some of these include Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention, Video Modeling and Peer Modeling. Having a peer support program to promote the inclusion of individuals with ASD not only improves outcomes for the students with ASD, but can also impact a number of outcomes for peers.

For great ideas on how to prepare for travel, check out the following OCALI Lending Library resources:

With Open Arms by Mary Schlieder
Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students’ Social Lives and Learning by Carter
Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion by Hughes
Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum by Wolfberg

Autism Internet Modules: Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Free, online modules on characteristics, evidence-based practices, and promising practices in ASD. Credit is available for a fee.
Lending Library

Lending Library

Borrow books, videotapes, DVDs, and other media on autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities from OCALI's online lending library. Resources shipped to Ohioans at no cost.