More students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are entering college than ever before (VanBergeijk, Klin & Volkmar, 2008). Students with AS are typically high functioning and intelligent, while severe impairments in social functioning limit students' ability to do well in college.
It is vital for faculty to understand typical characteristics of students with AS and what is helpful for their successful functioning in the classroom setting.
Because social interaction and integration are part of the college experience, many students with AS choose to live on campus. Again, students with AS want to be socially connected, enjoy intimate relationships, and are active in the community. However, typical students with AS do not recognize social cues and typical interactions. Therefore the transition to college may be extremely difficult for students with AS. Many students with AS may begin their college career performing poorly due to the stress, anxiety of this new transition... By no means does this mean the student is not capable. If you see any of these characteristics in students, contact the Center for Equal Access for consultation and support. Furthermore, refer the student to the Center for Equal Access in Tower 2126 to ensure they obtain the support they need to be successful.
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VanBergeijk, E, Kiln, A., Volkmar, F. (2008). Supporting more able students on the autism spectrum: college and beyond. Journal of Autism Development Disorders 38: 1359 - 1370.
Wolf, L., Brown, J. & Bork, R. (2009). Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel. Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Kansas: Shawnee Mission.
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