Preparing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for College and Success (EDU461T)

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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Thu, April 21, 2016
Event Description

Analyze the Challenges of College Life for Students with ASD & Help Them Achieve Success

As exciting as it is, the transition of all students to college also comes with numerous challenges. However, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will require extra support to successfully handle the transition and to cope with living independently. Students and parents also require coaching on the differences between college expectation and K-12 policies. Characterized by an insistence on sameness and deficits in social communication and interaction, students with ASD are faced with academic, social, and self-management demands that they may have never handled on their own.

In this webinar, expert speaker Peggy Mitchell Clarke will identify the different range of individual characteristics shown by students with ASD; discuss what occurred to Asperger's Syndrome; and analyze the difficulties faced by students with ASD in their college life. You will get to know some practical strategies to help, support and coach students with ASD as they transition to a living an independent life and are stretched socially, personally and academically.

Peggy will also present to you a brief analysis of the benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Towards the end of this session, you will gain a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how students with ASD can be helped in their transition to college and achieve success.

Session Highlights:

  • Signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Abilities and deficits of college students on the Autism Spectrum
  • K-12 vs. post-secondary student roles and responsibilities
  • Self management areas such as hygiene, time management, and healthy eating
  • Self advocacy and appropriate communication with instructors
  • Coaching strategies for helping professionals and student services staff
  • Social and interpersonal interactions and tips
  • Sensory sensitivities and teaching tips
  • Behavior management and conduct issues
  • Campus resources and reasonable accommodations
  • Stress management and role play exercises
  • Tips for homeschooling students with ASD
  • Brief overview of the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Learning Objectives:

  • Strategies to encourage appropriate communication and self advocacy with instructors
  • Advise for helping students in their interpersonal and social interactions
  • Approaches to mitigating sensory sensitivities
  • Personal, academic and social campus resources
  • Role play exercises and stress management techniqus for students
  • List of colleges and universities with programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who should attend?

  • 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
  • Homeschooling Organizations and Parents
  • Clinical Psychologists and Therapists working with students on the Autism Spectrum

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke
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... More info


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