Developing College Skills in Students With Autism and by Sarita Freedman

By Sarita Freedman

Going to varsity could be a daunting prospect for any younger individual, yet for youths at the autism spectrum this is often very true. constructing university abilities in scholars with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome describes the original wishes that ASD scholars getting into additional or greater schooling are inclined to have. Sarita Freedman identifies a number of beneficial ability units, besides potent intervention options for facilitating ability improvement through the student's undemanding, center and highschool years. numerous particular lodgings, helps, and classroom/teaching options that gain scholars with ASD desire are awarded. eventually, Dr. Freedman indicates a few alterations for streamlining public carrier supply structures in order that destiny scholars with ASD will be greater ready for his or her grownup lives. This publication offers valuable principles and recommendations for any expert operating with contributors at the autism spectrum together with, psychological health and wellbeing pros, distinctive educators, academic therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, highschool and school counselors. mom and dad and different caregivers of people with ASD also will relish studying in regards to the a variety of ability units and the developmental demeanour during which they're provided.

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There is also a debate in the professional community about whether people with classic autism are less interested in others than people with AS. From my clinical experience, I have seen HF individuals with both classic autistic symptoms and AS who yearn for friends, and others who do not. In those who do seek relationships, the complexities of social pragmatic communication and other informationprocessing deficits often interfere in their ability to interact successfully with others, and also in their capacity to have a complete empathic experience (Gaus 2007).

T Knowing they have an autism spectrum disorder enables people to find others who are like them and receive mentoring from them. t From a genetic standpoint, individuals with ASD have a right to know. Another roadblock to self-acceptance is the “invisible” nature of ASD in most “high functioning” (HF) individuals. The profile of strengths and weaknesses is also highly inconsistent from individual to individual, and there often isn’t one single, identifiable “look” or behavior pattern that is consistently seen in all individuals with ASD.

Once any neurological causes are ruled out, sensory disturbances must be considered and an evaluation by an occupational therapist is warranted. There are many strategies that can facilitate greater understanding of the physical cues our bodies give us. In very young children parents can facilitate this kind of learning by verbalizing their observations about the child’s needs (“Your tummy is growling… you must be hungry”). Social StoriesTM (Gray 1998) are also useful in helping elementary-aged students connect bodily cues with physical needs.

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