Presentation Title

The Impact of Social Integration from the Perspective of the Neurotypical Peer

Location

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 6:40 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jennifer Lucko, PhD and Colleen Arnold

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This research aims to understand the benefits and overall impact of social integration from the perspective of the neurotypical peer. This is important to study due to the emphasis on mainstreaming students with special needs. My research analyzes three strategies that are widely used to promote the acquisition of social skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Social Skills Training, Peer-Network Implementation, and Pivotal Response Training. Through investigation, I found that existing research fails to thoroughly investigate how social integration impacts the neurotypical peer. Current research focuses on the impact that social integration has on the individual with ASD. While this is vital information, it is also crucial to understand from the perspective of the neurotypical peer, as they play a significant role in providing social opportunities for individuals with ASD. My research aims to close this gap and develop an understanding of social integration from multiple perspectives. I utilized a mixed methods approach using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data. I conducted focus group interviews, individual interviews, and observations. I included quantifiable measures such as a scale survey which was given to participants before and after the study. The ultimate goal of this study is to provide schools, and educators, with a greater understanding of social integration from a different perspective. As a result, we can move forward with providing our students with more meaningful and inclusive opportunities.

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The Impact of Social Integration from the Perspective of the Neurotypical Peer

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

This research aims to understand the benefits and overall impact of social integration from the perspective of the neurotypical peer. This is important to study due to the emphasis on mainstreaming students with special needs. My research analyzes three strategies that are widely used to promote the acquisition of social skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Social Skills Training, Peer-Network Implementation, and Pivotal Response Training. Through investigation, I found that existing research fails to thoroughly investigate how social integration impacts the neurotypical peer. Current research focuses on the impact that social integration has on the individual with ASD. While this is vital information, it is also crucial to understand from the perspective of the neurotypical peer, as they play a significant role in providing social opportunities for individuals with ASD. My research aims to close this gap and develop an understanding of social integration from multiple perspectives. I utilized a mixed methods approach using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data. I conducted focus group interviews, individual interviews, and observations. I included quantifiable measures such as a scale survey which was given to participants before and after the study. The ultimate goal of this study is to provide schools, and educators, with a greater understanding of social integration from a different perspective. As a result, we can move forward with providing our students with more meaningful and inclusive opportunities.