Dr. Edlyn Pena, educational leadership department chair in the Graduate School of Education, along with other distinguished experts, will present strategies for working with students with autism and their parents.
A common characteristic of autism is a strong need for clarity and certainty, something in short supply now. Parents who have spent years developing their advocacy skills also seek clear information about what the fall will bring, whether their student is remaining at home or coming to campus. Students with autism come to campus in larger numbers each year, and this year is no exception. Several campuses have dedicated programs for autistic students, but most do not, relying on disabilities staff and a few knowledgeable and understanding faculty and staff.
This Live Briefing will bring together four directors of campus autism programs, whose strategies for working with students with autism and their parents are grounded in evidence-based practices and years of experience, to offer advice and support for all campus professionals.
- Hear about some of the common characteristics of autism and how these are manifested during times of uncertainty and stress.
- Learn several critical strategies for effectively communicating with students with autism as they plan their fall semester and beyond.
- Hear about techniques program staff have used to provide support, build community and connection, and increase the chances of academic and social success on campus, including peer programs, activity nights and journaling.
- Be introduced to several strategies and approaches autism professionals have adopted to build alliances and set necessary limits with parents.