Drawing on the latest research, this book offers practical strategies for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in tertiary education.
By looking at common issues faced by students with ASD, teaching and support staff will better understand how to help students develop vital skills needed for academic success. Based on the findings of a five year longitudinal study into the experiences of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this book provides tertiary educators and support staff with practical support for addressing the challenges associated with ASD as they manifest in college and university environments. It explores issues such as:
. Interpreting assignment tasks
. Unwritten expectations and codes of conduct
. Rigidity of thinking
. Project planning
. Multi-tasking and central coherence
The authors suggest practical strategies for better accommodating students with ASD in the inclusive classroom. Chapters include case studies of individual students, which provide real world examples of possible issues and successful interventions, making this an essential resource for all those involved in supporting students with ASD in tertiary education settings.
"In the increasingly busy world of the academic, this book is invaluable. It is a comprehensive yet practical, step-by-step guide to easily developing teaching knowledge and successful strategies for working with university students with ASD. Vibrant case studies, clear tools & quick tips for teachers abound."--Petria McGoldrick, Disability Liaison Officer, University of Wollongong, Australia
"Anyone interested in autism will treasure this book. McMahon-Coleman and Draisma have created a much-needed resource, which covers everything one needs to know about university students on the spectrum. A must-have for students on the spectrum, their families, as well as education professionals at all levels."--Iva Strnadová, associate professor, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman is the current disabilities specialist in learning development at the University of Wollongong. She sees numerous students with ASD in one-to-one consultations each semester, and works with disability liaison staff to help students develop their academic proficiencies.
Dr Kim Draisma is the former Head of Learning Development at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has nearly 30 years of experience in learning development, having established the first learning support programs and service at the university in 1985. During this time she has worked with numerous students on the spectrum and supported them to success.
216 pages. 2016
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