Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States, currently affects 1 in 54 children. As students with ASD spend more time mainstreamed with their neuro-typical peers, there is an increased need for effective social skills interventions that improve positive social interactions and promote friendships. This literature review focuses on Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII) to increase social communication and interactions for students with ASD. The research indicated implementing PMII leads to significant social skills improvement for individuals with ASD. Information gained through the literature review provided the basis for a PMII program designed for use in special and general education classrooms to support positive social interactions for students with ASD with peer support.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis