Recommended: Coursework in PSYC, EDUC, Human Development, Disability Studies, HESP396.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of instructor.
Students co-lead weekly groups for neurodivergent college students, coaching on topics and strategies pertaining to social communication and executive functioning skills. Peer coaches create outlines for weekly groups which are individualized by needs and interests. Peer coaches plan monthly social outings for SIGNA personnel to support generalization of executive functioning and social communication skills. Peer coaches are selected based on a rigorous application process for fall and spring semesters. Students who previously served in a peer mentor role in SIGNA are given priority consideration as peer coaches. Peer coaches will engage in an orientation process which includes in depth information on neurodiversity; attend weekly lectures to acquire up-to-date knowledge of neurodiverse populations; and attend group debrief meetings with the course instructor on a weekly basis to support implementation of social coaching and executive functioning feedback from groups.