March 9: Transition to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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    Students with autism spectrum disorders often have no trouble meeting the entrance criteria to the college of their choice, yet once there, have extreme difficulty navigating the academic and social complexities inherent in the college experience. Many lack the self- management skills needed to independently organize and integrate all aspects of college life. Stress of transition can inhibit a student's ability to know who and when to ask for help.

    CAS consultants can provide a link between the enrolled student and the system by:

    • Acting as liaison to the Disability Services office on campus
    • Meeting with the student more often than other campus resources are able:
    • On or off campus meetings
    • Email and phone contacts
    • Monthly written review of student's progress, goals met, challenges, etc.
    • Addressing areas that colleges will not: hygiene, social norms, friendships, etc.
    • Coaching, supported education, and strategic education targeting:
    • Transitioning from home to campus life
    • Introducing student to appropriate college resources
    • Managing time and scheduling skills
    • Teaching self-advocacy
    • Fostering a social network, by assisting the student in club participation and leadership
    • Teaching stress management
    • Developing scripts and role-playing
    • Setting goals: academic and co-curricular issues
    • Providing parents with a campus point person More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum
    "More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum" - Forbes

    The Village Voice: With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help
    "With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help" - The Village Voice

    Autistic, And College-Bound on Vermont Edition of NPR
    "Autistic, And College-Bound" - NPR

    CBS News story on Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum
    "Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum" - CBS News

    USA Today College : Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum
    "Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum" - USA Today

    NPR - All Things Considered
    "Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College" - NPR

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