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ERIC Number: EJ847541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-26
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Higher Education and Asperger's Syndrome
Hughes, Jennifer Lynn
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n40 pA27 Jun 2009
Asperger's syndrome, first listed in the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders in 1994, affects two to six of every 1,000 Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. People who have the disorder often have social difficulties, verbal and nonverbal communication problems, and repetitive and restricted activities. Students with Asperger's are often seen as eccentric or odd, but many have a normal or higher-than-average IQ, as well as an exceptional talent in one specific area--traits that make them likely to want to attend college. For such students, however, college presents significant challenges related to adjustment, organization, and social interaction. They often experience sensory overload and misunderstandings because of their overly literal thinking. In this article, the author advocates that the more educated and aware a campus is about the needs of students with Asperger's syndrome, the better their changes of succeeding in college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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