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Peer Attitudes Toward ASD Classmates

In short, if an ASD person (or anyone, for that matter) is accepted, or seems to be accepted as part of a group, they are more likely to gain peer acceptance from others. Since the educational industry is trying to "mainstream" ASD kids, teachers really do have the burden of managing the social environment for these mainstreamed ASD kids to make sure they fit in with someone, or at least appear to observers to fit in. Research suggests acceptance may beget acceptance.

See: Tonnsen and Hahn (2016). Middle School Students' Attitudes Toward a Peer with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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