ERIC Number: EJ1170771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Autism Goes to College: Understanding the Needs of a Student Population on the Rise
Elias, Rebecca; White, Susan W.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n3 p732-746 Mar 2018
Understanding the needs of adolescents and emerging adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with respect to transition to postsecondary education is critical to development of user-informed transition programming. Parents of adolescents and emerging adults with ASD (n = 52) and ADHD (n = 47) completed an online survey. Social interaction training and independent living training were services frequently requested by parents in the ASD group. Additionally, parents of postsecondary students with ASD endorsed distinct challenges with self-advocacy, managing emotions, and managing personal/adaptive skills relative to postsecondary students with ADHD. The profile of parent-reported difficulties and needed services compared to transition to postsecondary education for students with ASD is distinguishable from that for ADHD, suggesting individualized transition planning and in-college supports.
Descriptors: Autism, Self Advocacy, Self Control, College Students, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Profiles, Parent Attitudes, Services, Individualized Transition Plans, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Online Surveys, Parent Surveys, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R34MH104337