Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Education in Special Education
Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
autism spectrum disorder, peer network, peer mediation, social interactions, practical setting
Special Education and Teaching
Social competency is a primary deficit for individuals with autism. Developing peer networks to support individuals with autism has been proven as an effective social skills strategy. This study focused on developing a peer network within a public-school setting to promote increased social communication between a seven-year old student with autism and his typically developing peers. A single-subject multiple baseline design was utilized to analyze the effects of the peer network intervention across three settings. Dependent variables included frequency of social initiations and social responses of the target and network peers. All sessions were video-recorded, and data were collected for all participants. In addition to the quantitative data, the teacher-researcher maintained a research journal and transcribed the video clips, (one session per intervention phase) to provide additional measurable and observable evidence to support the correlated qualitative data. Upon implementation of the peer network, preliminary analysis suggests the target student increased his social initiations from a total of 12 during baseline to 36 and an increase in responses from 29 to 548, respectively. The peer network participants initiated 1349 times and responded 392 times during intervention.
© Marissa Leigh Letterman
Letterman, Marissa L., "A Peer-Mediated Social Network to Increase Social Interactions for a Student with Autism Using Augmentative Communication" (2018). MSU Graduate Theses. 3276.