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
"Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College" - WNPR News
"More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum" - Forbes
"With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help" - The Village Voice
"Autistic, And College-Bound" - NPR
"Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum" - CBS News
"Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum" - USA Today
"Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College" - NPR
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