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Project Title

Project Title

Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Carter, Erik; Asmus, Jennifer

Description

Description

Secondary students with severe intellectual disabilities often have difficulty gaining access to the social and academic experiences that can better equip them for life after high school. Current research suggests that social interactions between students with intellectual disabilities and their peers without disabilities may promote academic, functional, and social skill development, improve social competence and friendship development, and improve quality of life. Despite the adoption of more inclusive service delivery models to promote social interaction, these efforts have not been informed by empirically validated strategies. Therefore students' inclusive experiences are often marked by social isolation and limited engagement; opportunities for meaningful peer interactions are often elusive for students with disabilities. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of two peer interaction interventions (peer network and peer support) for improving outcomes for students with severe intellectual disabilities.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4LD. Support at least five community-based studies that assess the effectiveness of interventions and services in broader community settings by 2015. Such studies may include comparative effectiveness research studies that assess the relative effectiveness of: o Different and/or combined medical, pharmacological, nutritional, behavioral, service-provision, and parent- or caregiver-implemented treatments; o Scalable early intervention programs for implementation in underserved, low-resource, and low-literacy populations; and o Studies of widely used community intervention models for which extensive published data are not available. Outcome measures should include assessment of potential harm as a result of autism treatments, as well as positive outcomes. IACC Recommended Budget: $37,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Vanderbilt University

State/Country

State/Country

Tennessee

Project Number

Project Number

R324A100391

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement | 630967 | 2010 | R324A100133
Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement | 622904 | 2011 | R324A100133
Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement | 641771 | 2012 | R324A100133
Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement | 0 | 2014 | R324A100391
Peer support and peer network interventions to improve peer relationships and school engagement | 0 | 2013 | R324A100391

 
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