"Yes, Please Tell Me!": Using the PEERSPECTIVE Learning Approach to Help Preteens Navigate the Social World
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"Yes, Please Tell Me!": Using the PEERSPECTIVE Learning Approach to Help Preteens Navigate the Social World

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Publication Date:
November 2021
Print Length:
260 pages

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Students with autism are often brilliant but struggle to get and keep jobs due to social skill deficits and splinter skills. This book will help students start thinking socially through intentional social skill lessons based on evidence based practice including peer based instruction and intervention. Using peers to teach social skills is an easy way to shift the culture and climate of your entire school building and even district.  

Readers will take away ready to use lessons, created using evidence based practices, to help students who struggle with social skills become more socially aware and practice strategies to be successful in school while also applying learned social skills in the real world. "Yes, Please Tell Me!": Using the PEERSPECTIVE Learning Approach to Help Preteens Navigate the Social World, uses easy to understand terms with specific examples and then walks the reader through how to implement the model. For service providers who are not able to implement the model in its entirety, there are units and lessons available to target specific social skills. This book can be used as an entire curriculum or as stand alone lessons and ideas. It lends itself to use in a variety of settings, age groups, and severity levels. 


“As a professor of teacher education, I appreciate having this textbook to support my pre-service teachers as they learn how to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. The practical instructional strategies identified, along with the meaningful Teacher Talks that provide concrete steps for educators, all backed by evidence-based practices, allow me to confidently provide this resource to rising educators.”

~ Jennifer T. Christman, Ed.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Dayton

“Jennifer Schmidt and Megan Barrett have created a practical and ready-to-use social emotional learning resource for middle school students with this wonderful curriculum.  Providing everything from program organization suggestions and materials to detailed lesson plans, this easy to read book will give any teacher the confidence, insight and inspiration to introduce their students to a world of social success through an evidence based peer coaching model! Always respectful of their students, Jen and Megan help teachers to understand common social skill challenges with humorous and relevant anecdotes from their daily lives in the classroom! This book will earn a well deserved spot on the middle school teacher's shelf!” 

~ Lisa Combs, MA, Special Education, Certified Autism Specialist, President of Combs Educational Consulting, Ltd., Co-Owner of Best Friend Books, LLC, Author of Push to Open, Co-Author of Gear Up for Success


Jennifer M. Schmidt, M.Ed., is a special education teacher at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. Jennifer has 25 years of teaching experience in both general and special education settings. She began working closely with students with autism while teaching in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was trained in the TEACCH method. At BHS, Jennifer and her now retired speech-language pathologist colleague piloted the PEERspective Learning Approach in the fall of 2007, and the class continues to this day. Many other school districts have adopted the same model with similar success and Jennifer has spoken internationally about this model and how to help students with autism. Jennifer is a passionate educator who enjoys presenting conferences about PEERspective, autism, and other topics related to special education. She was recognized as Beavercreek City Schools Teacher of the Year in 2012, and in 2014 received the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year recognition as a result of her innovative teaching model. Jen’s first book, Why didn’t they just say that? was released by AAPC Publishing in 2017. This book earned the 2018 National Parent’s Product Award and was an International Book Award Finalist. Jennifer stays active teaching at workshops, through her role as a lead teacher on the Autism Coalition Team, Beavercreek High School, and at The University of Dayton and Wright State University. She is committed to helping other schools find success in teaching pragmatic language to students on the autism spectrum through PEERspective.  Be sure to check out her website for more information.  

Megan R. Barrett, M.Ed., is currently a special education teacher for grades 6-8 at Ankeney Middle School in Beavercreek, Ohio.  Megan’s 9 years of teaching experience have come in both general and special education classrooms across elementary and middle school settings.  Along with assistance from Jennifer M. Schmidt, Ms. Barrett piloted the PEERspective model, as well as created and implemented a social skills class curriculum at the middle school level.  This program has been used the past three years at Ankeney Middle School. The class is designed to help students with autism and other communication needs be successful throughout their day. As an enthusiastic educator, Megan has presented the PEERspective program at several conferences focusing on autism and collaboration as it relates to special education.  Megan was recently recognized as Beavercreek City Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year and continues to be an active member of Beavercreek City Schools’ Autism Coalition Team. As a way of educating her peers and colleagues, along with supporting students with various learning needs, Megan presents at local universities in order to help fellow teachers find success in helping students with autism and other behavior issues through use of the PEERspective model.

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