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Social impairment is one of the most predominant features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individuals with ASD may have fewer opportunities to engage in social interactions to practice and acquire social and play skills. Peer-mediated instructional approaches can address these concerns by teaching children and youth with ASD new social skills and increasing social opportunities within natural environments, often a primary goal of families. This module explains the evidence-based intervention, Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII).

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 31 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  1. Identify the various Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII) approaches that can be used with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  2. Describe the steps for implementing Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
  3. Describe the challenges involved in implementing PMII and how they can be addressed in practice
  4. Identify and describe key resources for implementing PMII

Module Authors

Jennifer Neitzel, Ph.D.

Jen Neitzel, Ph.D. is founder and Executive Director of the Educational Equity Institute. Dr. Neitzel was a Research Scientist at FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. She worked on various projects including the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC). As a Content Specialist at NPDC, she developed online modules focused on evidence-based practices (EBP) to implement with children and youth with ASD. Dr. Neitzel presents at state and national conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of the upcoming book, Achieving Equity and Justice in Education through the Work of Systems Change.

Module Contributors

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) was funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education from 2007-2014. The work of the NPDC was a collaboration among three universities-the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the MIND Institute, University of California-Davis. The goal of the NPDC was to promote the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and youth with ASD, birth to 22 years of age.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was developed by The National Professional Development Center On Autism Spectrum Disorders

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