Young people on the spectrum often feel increased judgement and pressure to fit in with their [neurotypical] peers…We need more awareness of the mental health issues many young people on the spectrum may face.
Sometimes it’s not possible to avoid a sensation. When you’re exposed to a distressing stimulus, try to breathe slowly and deeply.
Always be respectful and professional when corresponding with a professor or course instructor. Using “Dear” to begin emails, using the professor’s last name (i.e. Professor Brown), and signing off with a “Thank you,” or “Sincerely” goes a long way!
The keys to starting your organization will be motivation, a specific focus, and patience with the logistics necessary to getting it running.
Contributor Thad Campbell and social worker Matthew Morse discuss how parents of aspiring college STEM students can secure valuable HS services for them
Answer questions about the syllabus. Use unambiguous language. Julia Leverone shares simple supports that autistic students can ask their professors for.
How joining autism-specific student groups can enhance your college experience, helping you make friends, build skills, and develop academic connections.
Autism advocate Justin Robbins makes an impassioned case for a positive view of autistic experience and points out how autistic strengths can fit with STEM fields
How professional development workshops helped me gain valuable insight and strategies for creative instruction through the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) techniques.
College transition expert Susan Woods explains how professors can collaborate with autistic students and the Disabilities Office to support academic success