Examining the Efficacy of Peer Network Interventions on the Social Interactions of High School Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sreckovic, M. A., Hume, K., & Able, H.

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From the abstract: "Developing positive peer relationships is important. Unfortunately, due to challenges in social communication and increased complexity of peer groups during adolescence, many secondary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in limited positive social interactions with peers. This study examined the effects of a peer network intervention implemented with three high school students with ASD. A multiple-baseline across participants design was used to evaluate the intervention on initiations and responses to and from students with ASD. The impact on frequency of victimization of students with ASD was also explored. Results indicate peer networks are effective at increasing social interactions of secondary students with ASD and provide preliminary support for the use of peer networks to reduce rates of bullying victimization."

Citation: Sreckovic, M. A., Hume, K., & Able, H. (2017). Examining the efficacy of peer network interventions on the social interactions of high school students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2556-2574.
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3171-8