Peer Mentors for Students with ASD on College Campuses
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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