Tips For Using Peer Partners Effectively

Provide training for peer partners and allow opportunities for practice

Conduct play sessions every day

Keep play sessions brief

Conduct play sessions in a well-defined free play area

Limit the number of toys available

Use preferred toys and activities

Have a specific objective for each play session (e.g., put a puzzle together, play nerf basketball)

Provide visual cues (e.g., posters) to prompt peer partners about behaviors to use

Provide reinforcement for peer partners

Have 1 or 2 peer partners for each student with autism

Train peer partners how to be persistent