Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


Students identified with low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), in center-based programs, have minimal opportunities for inclusion in the general education setting and are often emotionally and socially excluded from their peers. Peer-mediated instruction (PMI) is a social skills intervention that trains neurotypical peers to be peer buddies for students with ASD. Research highlights PMI as an evidenced-based practice that increases social communication skills in students with ASD and develops empathy, patience, tolerance, and other character traits for neurotypical peers. The application of this project applies PMI practices in an elementary school to increase the social communication needs and promote inclusion through building relationships for students with low functioning ASD.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis