Peer-to-Peer Learning: Kids Helping Kids with Autism

One California program recruits the youngest partners in treating autistic children. More to this story.

One California program recruits the youngest partners in treating autistic children. More to this story.

Release Date: 12/31/69

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Alyson! We used the same

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Alyson! We used the same source! I think peer-to-peer is a great strategy. I have heard that changing the peer often helps the student to not become burdened or burned out. They do a lot of work and in order to keep a good relationship and allow them to work to their best ability it is good to give them a break. My co-op always looks for her most responsible students before placing them with a peer. Often these students are involved in extra-curricular activities and hold high grades, they can be someone who the other looks up to. In ELL my professor said that pairing up students can also help struggling students to "fit in" it makes them feel more at ease if they know their peers better.

I am studying to be a

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I am studying to be a teacher, and I plan to use the peer-to-peer learning strategy in a classroom. Do you have any recommendations to help make peer-to-peer learning be an effective classroom strategy? How do you decide the peer pairing? Do you think it is good to have the one peer work with a certain peer for the entire school year? Or, should peer pairs be changed during the school year?

I think this is great! I

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I think this is great! I work in a social skills unit with 7 children with autism and have been trying to find a way to get them to be more "social" with each other, and typical peers. I love this video and can see it working in our program with a few of our students. Unfortunatly we don't have enough aides to help out when going into the classrooms, and the majority of our students are low fuctioning autistic, so we have a long way to go. This video is very inspiring though!

Monique (not verified)

Peer-Peet

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Wow, what an awesome comment. I am currently working on a Doctorate and the focus of my study is the benefits of cooperative learning for students with high functioning autism. I am a parent of a 13 year old child with autism. I belive in the simply process of allowing children to learn from their peers. This video makes me smile and want to labor on because I know that children learn best when doing and from their own peer group. Keep up the good work.
Monique

Lillian (not verified)

Autism Peer-to-peer

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Nice story, and well done! Lillian

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