What is Peer 2 Peer?

The P2P program was created to support students with disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder  (ASD).  The P2P program provides many opportunities for the general education students as well as those with disabilities.  Our students with disabilities/ASD truly benefit from peer modeling and interacting with their same age peers.  They are our best teachers!  Our general education students also get many benefits:  a new understanding of people with disabilities, patience, increased responsibility and leadership skills.

What to Expect

Mentors will be matched with a student with disabilities or ASD and asked to model age-appropriate socialization and independence skills.  We are not asking these students to replace teachers but to help these students be more accepted by their peer group.

Not only will you be helping a student become more involved in classroom activities and social functions, you will also be setting an example to all students.  This helps to build a culture of respect at St. Patrick School.

What will the Mentor Do?

  • Model age-appropriate social skills and class behavior
  • Keep student actively involved with the class
  • Organize class materials
  • Help student stay on task
  • Work with small groups
  • Take student for sensory breaks/walks
  • Complete Weekly Reflections
  • Attend Lunch Meetings

What can be learned from being a P2P Mentor?

  • Patience
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Acceptance of others
  • Understanding of others’ disabilities
  • Empathy
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Collaborations Skills
  • Increase your self-esteem and building up somebody else’s

Peer to Peer Contact:  Kristen Schrauben, kschrauben@portlandk12.org