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Project Title

Project Title

Effects of peer mentoring for college students with autism spectrum disorder

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Segall, Matthew

Description

Description

Increasing numbers of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enroll in post-secondary education every year, creating an urgent need to develop, evaluate and implement programs and supports to assist such students in achieving successful outcomes (e.g., graduation, employment). Many college students with ASD possess the requisite cognitive and academic abilities for success in college courses, yet ASD-associated challenges in executive functioning or social communication often prevent positive outcomes. Peer mentoring, in which college students with ASD meet regularly with trained typically developing peer volunteers, represents an understudied intervention with strong potential for success on a college campus. The current study seeks to implement and evaluate a peer mentoring program on a large college campus in Atlanta. Students with ASD (N=30) will be randomly assigned to a 12-week peer mentoring intervention condition or to a “services as usual” condition; relevant outcomes will include grade point average, retention, social interaction skills, and adaptive behavior skills. Further, it is expected that peer mentors will demonstrate increased knowledge and positive attitudes towards peers with ASD over a 12- week period. Results will elucidate practical strategies, and identify areas requiring further development, for implementing peer mentoring on many college campuses, thus complementing existing campus resources and supports for students with ASD.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6LA. Develop at least two individualized community-based interventions that improve quality-of-life or health outcomes for the spectrum of adults with ASD by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $12,900,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Effects of peer mentoring for college students with autism spectrum disorder (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Emory University

State/Country

State/Country

Georgia

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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