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Autism Goes To College: Identifying Issues and Sharing Ideas Anthony L. Rostain, M.D., M.A. Social Learning Disorders Program Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Objectives Review agenda for today’s meeting Review major issues facing Students Families

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Autism Goes To College: Identifying Issues and Sharing Ideas

Anthony L. Rostain, M.D., M.A.

Social Learning Disorders Program

Department of Psychiatry

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Objectives

  • Review agenda for today’s meeting

  • Review major issues facing

    • Students

    • Families

    • College personnel

  • Share ideas and resources

  • Pose questions for future discussions

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Agenda

1:10-1:30pm "Major Issues Facing College Students on the Autism Spectrum"

1:30-3:00pm  Roundtable Discussion

  • What are the major challenges and opportunities you've faced in your efforts to facilitate successful adaptation to college for students on the spectrum?

  • How do you define and identify students on the autism spectrum and others with social learning disorders?

  • What are some of the helpful interventions you've used?

  • What are your specific areas of interest related to this topic?

    3:00-3:15pm  Break

    3:15-4:00pm  Discuss Next Steps

  • Facilitating an ongoing network, etc.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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“If our brains were simple, we would be too simple to understand them.”

Mario Puzo

“The brain is wider than the sky.”

Emily Dickinson

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Challenges facing students on the spectrum understand them.”(Lars Perner, Ph.D.)

The HFIWA faces several potential areas of problems with higher education:

  • Gaining admission to a desired college

  • Moving away from home, if needed

  • Handling emerging social situations

  • Handling pragmatics such as time management, budgeting, and transportation

  • Completing the required course work

  • Securing needed services

  • Planning for and actually transitioning to life after college.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Leaving home understand them.”

Living in a new place

Taking care of one’s daily needs independently

Getting along with roommates, classmates

Finding friends

Forming a social network

Gaining social acceptance

Learning to navigate a new physical terrain

Sensory challenges

Managing time efficiently

Keeping organized

Handling multiple academic demands

Coping with anxiety

Perfectionism

Students’ concerns

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Adjusting to change understand them.”

Safety

Academic success

Social acceptance

Roommate

Friends

Sexuality

Drinking, drug use

Managing daily life

Sleep / wake cycle

Diet

Hygiene

Laundry

Managing emotions

Anxiety

Depression

Anger

Parents’ concerns

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Helping students and parents to prepare for the transition understand them.”

  • Provide clear, written information before :

    • Schedule of orientation programs

    • Maps of campus

    • Directions for checking into dorms

    • Procedures for registration

    • Outlines of key personnel (e.g. advisor)

  • Invite students and parents to meet disability services personnel – schedule a time during orientation

  • Explain FERPA law and the waiver

  • Provide contact information for parents

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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What are the concerns of college disability services personnel?

  • Identifying students on the spectrum, specifying needs

  • Defining the scope and nature of “disability”

  • Providing individual students with appropriate accommodations and services

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of interventions

  • Creating peer support structures for students

  • Creating a positive social environment / reducing stigma

  • Educating faculty, students, residential advisors, etc.

  • Developing new resources

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Assessment Issues personnel?

  • Transitional issues

    • Readiness for college

    • Fit between student’s expectations and college environment’s resources

    • Developing a transition plan

  • Coping skills

    • Personal organization

    • Academic preparation

    • Social relationships

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Academic Support personnel?

  • Campus learning center

    • Organization, time management

    • Regular accountability

    • Discuss learning, writing strategies

  • Use available resources

    • Professor office hours, special appointments

    • Review sessions

    • Study groups

  • Ambivalence about time, effort, meaning

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Academic Accommodations personnel?

  • Formal appeal for special services

  • Modified curriculum / requirements

  • Note-taking services / audio recordings

  • Organizational aids

  • Standardized test accommodations

  • Access to other support services

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Study/Learning Habits personnel?

  • Understand informational pace

    • Attention capacity

    • Reading speed

    • Chunking

  • Use supportive technology (e.g., planner)

  • Prioritize and balance aspects of college life

  • Countering avoidance/procrastination

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Studying

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Social Support Modalities personnel?

  • Clubs, activity groups

  • Support groups

  • Self-education and advocacy about Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • AS resources (e.g., AS, GRASP)

  • Self-help strategies

  • Pro-active mental health services

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Living Arrangements personnel?

  • Roommate – Yes or No ?

  • Physical space management

  • Schedule / time management

  • Dormitory life - predictable routines

  • Rules and regulations

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Education of patient / family (resources) personnel?

Environmental restructuring

Pharmacotherapy

Psychotherapy

Other support modes

Academic support

Academic accommodations

Study/learning habits

Social coaching

Career counseling

Autism and College Coping:Multisystem Intervention

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Multisystem Problem Areas personnel?

  • Academic bureaucracy

    • Availability of services

    • Tuition issues

    • Subject requirements

  • Family expectations

  • Student’s beliefs

    • Readiness for change

    • Personal expectations (“should”)

    • Identity

  • Under-utilization of support services

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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Discussion Questions personnel?

  • What are the major challenges and opportunities you've faced in your efforts to facilitate successful adaptation to college for students on the spectrum?

  • How do you define and identify students on the autism spectrum and others with social learning disorders?

  • What are some of the helpful interventions you've used?

  • What are your specific areas of interest related to this topic?

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


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