Author(s)

Julie Ciocco

Date Approved

7-11-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Asperger's syndrome;Mentoring in education;College students with disabilities

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

In this research project, the Peer Coaching Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome (or with demonstrated weaknesses similar to AS) at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey was analyzed for effectiveness. The program's seventeen student participants and seven coaches were surveyed in order to attain data on the demographics of each group, their skills, their weaknesses, and their experiences within the program. It was found that most of the students were able to either maintain their GPAs or raise their GPAs while participating in the program, and all were exposed to various social skill training activities and workshops to help them with organization, time management, stress management, study skills, and other types of practical and functional skills. Results show that this program is effective in various ways with helping students with AS and other disabilities adjust to college life and learn skills that will also help them be successful in the future.

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