Cross-Age Peer Coaching: Enhancing the Peer Interactions of Children Exhibiting Symptoms of ADHD

  • Vilardo B
  • DuPaul G
  • Kern L
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Abstract

Previous research demonstrates that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can experience social difficulties. Therefore, the current study examined the effects of cross-age peer coaching on social behaviors of first graders with significant symptoms of ADHD using a multiple baseline design. Four students who met criteria for ADHD participated, along with four third- or fourth-grade coaches without ADHD. Coaching pairs met each morning to establish a goal for the younger child to meet during free time. Although results were variable, findings suggested that the cross-age coaching program led to decreases in negative social behavior, and was highly acceptable to participants. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)

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  • ADHD
  • cross-age peer coaching
  • social skills

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Authors

  • Brigid A. Vilardo

  • George J. DuPaul

  • Lee Kern

  • Robin L. Hojnoski

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