Peer Mentoring Program

The Spectrum Peer Mentoring Program is a more unique program geared toward working with students with autism. By focusing on peer-to-peer behavior and social mentoring, student mentees work on developing social skills that can be universally used to help decrease disruptive behavior. 

What’s involved with the Spectrum Peer Mentoring Program?­

  • Work and interact closely with student mentee and his/her family
  • Evaluate and assess specific behaviors and needs of the student
  • Develop a comprehensive program that meets the goals of both the student and their family
  • Weekly with the student for 1-2 hours to discuss the week and plan for the day
  • Create monthly reports to assess progress and determine any adjustments to meet the original goals

Program Testimonials page

Thus far, the program has proven to decrease disruptive behaviors and increase the social behavior of the students.

“I was unsure if my son who is ten years old and has Autism along with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder would handle the campus life......if even for the very short time of one hour for us but, to him an eternity. I was particularly impressed how welcoming the staff and students were to Mitchell as he is unique in so many ways.  As we discussed in the beginning, he has many amazing traits but, you have to look for them by unlocking the key to his abilities.”  - Susan K. Miner, M.S.ED., mother, special needs educator 


“I just wanted to write to the tutors and Dr. Turko and tell you how happy I am that my grandson, Chance, is lucky enough to be a participant and how much your program is needed in our community. There are no other programs and there are MANY kids in our schools who need education assistance, such as tutors and mentors, so much more than they need fancy buildings that have left us with such assistance cut out of their budgets.”      – Grandmother of a mentee


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