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Peer Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism (PIPA)

Over the course of this study, 60 preschoolers with autism will be recruited to participate in local preschools in the Kansas City metro area. Two peer partners are recruited for each child with autism; and one special education team member will be trained as lead interventionist and implement the communication intervention called Stay-Play-Talk.

Peer Interventions

Research evidence supports peer interventions increase communication and social skills for children with autism. When implementing peer-mediated interventions, peers are guided by adults to prompt communication and social behaviors during structured play activities.