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Peer Model Program

The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood Special Education classrooms to serve as role models for our children with special needs.

All of our preschool classrooms are integrated with children with special needs, however our peer model program in unique in that it is exclusive for our classrooms with more specific special education needs, such as autism or social emotional behavioral delays.

Peer Model students provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior for children with special needs while in the classroom setting. This model provides a wide range of learning opportunities that is both stimulating and challenging for both groups of children. The program also promotes belonging, friendships, understanding and acceptance of others who are different.

A Peer Model student must demonstrate age-appropriate skills in the areas of play, social, behavior, speech, language and motor. Additionally, all peer models must be independent with toileting and speak English fluently. Children must be at least 3 years old by July 31 of the current school year in order to be eligible.

In order for your child to be considered for our peer model program, they must have a recent developmental screening and meet certain criteria:

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NOTE: Make sure to let the developmental screener know you are interested in your child participating in the Peer Modeling program.

The peer model program is offered for our half-day classes only. Children in the full-day program are not eligible at this time. Note, that children must meet the eligibility requirements for the peer model program and must be selected (limited spaces available). For further information, please contact the Early Childhood office at 314-213-8100 or via email us at