ERIC Number: EJ1200848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Educator Perspectives on the Postsecondary Transition Difficulties of Students with Autism
Elias, Rebecca; Muskett, Ashley E.; White, Susan W.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v23 n1 p260-264 Jan 2019
Addressing the challenges of adolescents and emerging adults with autism spectrum disorder is crucial to improving the outcomes of these students in the postsecondary setting. Although secondary and postsecondary educators and staff are critical to helping these students access services, there has been little investigation into the perspectives of this stakeholder group, with respect to the needs of postsecondary students with autism spectrum disorder. A series of focus groups was conducted with secondary and postsecondary educators to understand educator perspectives related to the challenges faced by postsecondary students with autism spectrum disorder. Competence, autonomy and independence, and the development and sustainment of interpersonal relationships emerged as primary areas of difficulty and corresponding need. Results suggest that targeted interventions addressing these areas should be implemented, prior to and during enrollment in a postsecondary setting, to facilitate transition in a comprehensive manner.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Student Needs, College Students, Teacher Attitudes, Competence, Personal Autonomy, Interpersonal Relationship, College Faculty, Secondary School Teachers, Student Adjustment, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R34MH104337