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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Melinda J. Ault

Second Advisor

Dr. Channon K. Horn


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of training peers at a middle school in aided language modeling. The peers were trained and then coached as they implemented the strategy during a social break time in the resource classroom when communicating with an AAC user with extensive support and complex communication needs (ESCCN). A multiple probe across participants design was used to evaluate the effects of the peer training and coaching program. The results showed that the implementation of a peer training and coaching program were effective in increasing the frequency of aided language modeling and the diversity of communicative intents of the peers.

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