Starting a good peer buddy group takes the right students AND the right preparation. Over the years, I have found the more detailed the training for my peer models, the better my sessions went. We start board and give an over of the role and many examples of how they will be interacting with the students. My students who are the "participants" or those receiving the peer buddy services, are typically those with social cognitive deficits or on the autism spectrum. This story talks about typical peer responses and how to deal effectively with them. It has several practice slides so you can do some role-modeling in your peer buddy training session. Lastly we tell our students to remember that it is always ok to not know how to respond, that is what the support teacher/counselor/social worker is there for.