Archived News: In Research and Intervention
January 2015

Peer-Mediated Discrete Trial Training Shows Positive Results

A recent study indicates that peer-mediated discrete trial training shows positive results in targeted academic skills in students with autism spectrum disorder. Following brief training, elementary-age students were shown to be able to implement discrete trial training with integrity. Student interventionists reported high levels of satisfaction in the training. They were able to produce measurable growth in the students with ASD with whom they worked. As it is often difficult to implement DTT within the school setting due to various limitations, peer-mediated DTT may prove beneficial. Although this was a small study, using just six typically developing students, results of this study of peer-mediated DTT within school settings are promising.

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