Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

Michael Fitzgerald, John Harpur, Maria Lawlor

Language: English

Pages: 275


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

College life is particularly stressful for students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and the resources that colleges provide for such students are often inadequate.

This handbook provides information to help these students prepare for the rites and rituals of studying, interact with staff and fellow students, cope with expectations and pressure, and understand their academic and domestic responsibilities. Drawing on first-hand interviews with AS students and direct clinical experience, the authors address these and many other questions, and make practical recommendations.

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might be a member of your family, a therapist, a student support counsellor, or a member of the academic staff. Discuss your concerns in terms of the feelings you are experiencing about change. Above all, if you are becoming depressed or disillusioned when confronting change, then seek assistance from the student support office. You will experience conflict with others from time to time in college. Conflict often arises when people cannot agree to tolerate each other’s point of view. It can also

interactive modes with staff – text and speech. The latter will initially be more difficult until familiarity with the staff is established. But you will sort it out over time. Remember that all students find interaction with academic staff awkward to some extent. One thing to be aware of is that staff like their personal space to be respected. There are simple rules to observe. For example, enquiring about staff members’ mobile phone numbers is generally discouraged. There are lots of privacy

remember that your first priority is to make sure that you pass the exams, not someone else. If the student looking for your help is an acquaintance, you need to ask yourself the same friendship questions. You might have to say: I can’t go over that topic now, as I am still trying to understand other areas of the course. I wouldn’t want to give you inaccurate advice. Why don’t you talk to the course mentor? Giving people the ‘brush off ’ is not easy, but sometimes it is unavoidable and the

to get an overview and then go back and study the detail. We tend to repeat crucial pieces of advice from time to time to help your memory. When something is repeated, that means it is very important. Third, some parts of the book will require more attention, more of your time, than others. For instance, Chapter 6 deals with the tricky topic of conversation, and Chapter 7 builds on that to discuss relationships with the opposite sex. There is a lot in these chapters, so take your time. Finally,

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