What is it about?

Some preschool children experience isolation from their peers. We examine the feasibility of implementing an intervention designed to help isolated children build connections with peers in their classrooms. Our intervention focuses on teaching two children to use strategies to engage with a target child.

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Why is it important?

Few interventions have focused on teaching preschool-age peers to use strategies to engage with a typically developing, socially isolated classmate. Our intervention shows promise for improving the peer experiences of socially isolated children.


I hope this article helps others understand the importance of interventions aimed at improving the peer experiences of young children experiencing social isolation. I am excited to continue this research with a larger sample of children to better understand the impact of our intervention on children's experiences with their peers.

Tiffany Foster
Ohio State University

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This page is a summary of: Peer-Mediated Intervention for Socially Isolated Preschoolers: An Early-Stage Feasibility Study, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, December 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2023_lshss-23-00090.
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