What Do I Do If I Suspect a Student Has Asperger's Disorder?
At many colleges and universities, the number of students with Aspergerís Disorder continues to increase. While these students have the intellectual abilities to be successful, they struggle with ďreadingĒ social cues and comprehending unwritten rules and procedures. We offer recommendations for helping these students to succeed.
Aspergers In The College Classroom
At many colleges and universities, the number of students with Aspergerís Disorder continues to increase.
While these students have the intellectual abilities to be successful, they:
- Struggle with ďreadingĒ social cues
- Struggle comprehending unwritten rules and procedures
- May be teased or laughed at by other students
As a result, these students pose unique challenges to you and other faculty members, administrators and other students during your college careers.
Working successfully with Aspergerís students requires an understanding of their behavior and knowledge of how to communicate with them.
In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor program, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., offers you recommendations for helping these students to succeed.
During this 20 minute professional development program, you will:
- Better understand students with Aspergerís Disorder, including their behaviors and needs.
- Learn strategies you can use to build understanding, empathy and tolerance when communicating with other students about Aspergerís.
- Come away with an improved understanding of how to better communicate with Aspergerís students so you can focus on your course content.
The specific student population focused program also includes supplemental materials:
- Background information
- Classroom recommendations
- A case study
- Questions for reflection
- Recommended resources
At the conclusion of this program, you will know how to:
- Use conversation techniques that emphasize short, focused messages in speaking to Aspergerís students to build better relationships and to foster increased success socially and academically.
- Build a positive classroom environment with open communication to help students better interact with Aspergerís students.
- Have an understanding of which campus resources to involve in working with Aspergerís students.
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Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., past-president of the American College Counseling Association, is Senior Vice President for Professional Development Programs at the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NHCERM, www.ncherm.org).
He is the president-elect of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA, www.nabita.org), current president of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE, www.wearescope.org) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN, www.studentaffairsenews.com).
Over the past thirteen years, Brian has taught counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics and sociology topics at both public and private schools for both graduate and undergraduate students at five college and universities.
Brian has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is the author of several books including: Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches in Prevention and A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom. Brian is an expert on campus violence and has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360.
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