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Efficacy of Peer Support Arrangements to Increase Peer Interaction and AAC Use

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TitleEfficacy of Peer Support Arrangements to Increase Peer Interaction and AAC Use
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractSupporting interaction in inclusive settings between students with complex communication needs (CCN) and their peers requires careful planning and support. We used a multiple probe-across-participants design to investigate the efficacy of collaborative planning and peer support arrangements to increase peer interaction in inclusive classrooms. Participants were four middle school students with CCN who had an intellectual disability and used an iPad with Proloquo2Go as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Educational teams comprised of a special educator, general educator, paraprofessional, and speech-language pathologist participated in collaborative planning for the intervention. For all four students, the intervention substantially increased communication to and from their peers. AAC use increased for one student. We offer implications for research and practice on supporting social interaction in general education settings.
AuthorsBiggs, E. E., Carter E. W., and Gustafson J.
Year of Publication2017
PublicationAmerican Journal on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Volume122
Issue1
Pages25-48
ISSN1944-7515 (print) 1944-7558 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.aaiddjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1352/1944-7558-122.1.25?code=aam...
Keywords (MeSH)child, education, intellectual disability, interpersonal relations, peer group, social support
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