Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Preparing Students to Transition to College and Succeed

Duration: 90 Minutes
Webinar Id: 800559


One Attendee


This webinar will identify the range of individual characteristics displayed by students on the Autism Spectrum, explain what happened to Asperger's Syndrome, and review the challenges of college life for students with ASD. Participants will learn practical strategies to assist, coach, and support students on the Autism Spectrum as they transition to living independently and are stretched academically, socially, and personally. At the end of this program, participants will have a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how they can help college students on the Autism Spectrum achieve success.

Why should you attend: Without a concrete plan and accurate understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents and students will be ill-equipped to cope with the challenges of transitioning to college and experiencing academic, social, and personal success. College life can be overwhelming for the student on the autism spectrum who struggles with sensory sensitivities and communication and interpersonal deficits.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • What happened to Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • Abilities and deficits of college students on the Autism Spectrum
  • Compare and contrast K-12 vs. post-secondary roles and responsibilities for students and their parents
  • Challenges students face in a variety of self management, academic, and social areas (eg., time management and study schedules, sleeping and healthy eating habits, study skills, interpersonal relationships)
  • Description of sensory sensitivities
  • Behavior management and conduct issues
  • Review of helpful campus resources and reasonable accommodations
  • Strategies to encourage self advocacy and appropriate communication with instructors
  • Tips for supporting students in their social and interpersonal interactions
  • Approaches to mitigating sensory sensitivities
  • Academic, social, and personal campus resources
  • Stress management techniques and role play exercises for students
  • Examples of colleges and universities with programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who Will Benefit:
  • University and College Faculty
  • K-12 Teachers, Guidance Counselors, and Special Education Teachers
  • College Advisors
  • College Counselors
  • Disabilities/Accessibility Services Staff
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Retention Specialists, At-Risk Population Specialists
  • Student Life Staff
  • First Year Experience/New Student Orientation Coordinators
  • Librarians
  • Tutoring Center Staff
  • Parents and Family Members
  • Faculty Professional Development Coordinators
  • Career Technical and Vocational Rehab Educators
  • Concurrent Enrollment Staff
  • First Generation Advisors
  • Parent Associations in K-12 and College
  • On-line Learning Program Staff
  • Developmental Education Program Staff
  • Special Education Program Staff
  • Diversity and Inclusion Program Staff
  • Academic Coaches

Speaker Profile
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and retired psychology professor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Clarke worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and served on the Colorado state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and as an executive officer for the Virginia and Rocky Mountain chapters of the Association of Black Psychologists. Her experience in higher education includes teaching psychology for 19 years at colleges and universities in Virginia and Colorado and serving as Director of Faculty Professional Development at Community College of Aurora and Associate Director of Career and Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University. She currently serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team at Community College of Aurora and is the President of Living Well Press, LLC, a mental health and wellness consulting firm and publishing company.

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