The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

by Jane Thierfeld Brown, Lorraine E. Wolf, Lisa King, G. Ruth Kukiela Bork
     
 

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Sending a son or daughter off to college is daunting and fear-provoking experience for most parents, but if your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the challenge is magnified many times over. Even high-functioning students with excellent academic preparation face difficulties in higher education, primarily related to communication, social skills, and sensory-based

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Sending a son or daughter off to college is daunting and fear-provoking experience for most parents, but if your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the challenge is magnified many times over. Even high-functioning students with excellent academic preparation face difficulties in higher education, primarily related to communication, social skills, and sensory-based issues. For many, the accommodations and special interventions that supported them in high school will no longer be available on a college campus. This parent-friendly book, made especially so because it is written by parents, who also are autism professionals, takes the fear and mystery out of the college experience. Learn how to select the right campus, how to work with Disability Services staff, what legal protections apply, how to prepare your son or daughter to be an effective self-advocate on campus, what assistance can be reasonably be expected from residence hall managers, faculty, and much, much more.

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
After high school, students need to decide if they want to go to college. Entering college is an exciting time in a student's life. Students can be anxious because they do not know exactly what to expect in this new adventure. Students with autism need to decide the same thing. Is college for them or not? There are more students with autism who are attending college now than before. Like other students, they have their anxieties, and maybe even more, because of their disability. But having autism should never stop anyone from pursuing a college education. This wonderfully, enlightening book gives parents of students with autism a guide to help their child in college. This step by step guide starts with giving some of the differences between college and high school. Some examples are more academic demands, time management, and the importance of exams and studying. Furthermore, there are tips to finding the right college, the admission process, and understanding the laws and rights of students with autism, such as requesting accommodations and services. In addition, there are guidelines about the services and administration on campus, tips for freshmen, and living on campus. There are also academic accommodations the student can obtain in writing, reading, test taking, and planning. This useful book includes charts to help the student organize information needed for school. Parents who use this guide will help their teen be more successful and confident as they enter college. Further recommended reading is listed in the back of the book. Reviewer: Cathi I. White

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934575895
Publisher:
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
615,241
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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