Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Peer Mentors for Students with ASD on College Campuses

  • Barbara Cook
  • Deborah Weiss
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102264-1


A peer mentor is an individual with an expected level of experience in a particular area who provides support to a similar-aged individual with less experience in that area (mentee). The critical roles of peer mentors on college and university campuses include support in coursework, degree completion, and navigation of social networks.

In this model, peer mentors typically share common characteristics, attributes, or circumstance with the mentee in such areas as age, ability, interests, or community environment (i.e., school, classes, dormitories, etc.). The desirable traits and skills of peer mentors include patience, flexibility, and effective communication. Peer mentors typically receive training that provides them with skills such as effectively using peer modeling to demonstrate appropriate utilization of targeted skills, facilitating interaction, and providing indirect guidance and positive reinforcement (Battaglia and Radley 2014). The peer mentor/mentee relationship...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication Disorders; Center of Excellence on ASDSouthern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication DisordersSouthern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenUSA