Asperger's and Planning for College

<p>I am both a parent who is on this site regularly and a speech patholgists working with school settings. I would encourage those of you with children with special issues with asperger's (or really any ongoing medical condition) to review this blog entry - it contains EXCELLENT suggestions on how to help your student plan for transitioning into being responsible for their own care. The writer of the blog is probably one of the most practical people working in Asperger's and speech/language therapy - her work is used by nearly all of us in Orange County, CA. Hope this is helpful! (I have no financial interest in her work - just a very special place in my heart for both the parents on this board and students who struggle with social issues.)</p>

<p>Michelle's</a> Blog</p>

<p>Thanks for the information! Here's another resource that I highly recommend:</p>

<p>Ann</a> Palmer</p>

<p>This is the website of Ann Palmer, who has written an excellent book on college for someone with autism/Asperger's. Her son is a college graduate. (I don't have any financial interest either. This book is something I stumbled on, and I highly recommend it.)</p>

<p>Thanks to you both for the info! I'm pulling together information on a website, focused on profiles of specific colleges - would love feedback. Not making any $; just want to be of use to others in the same boat.</p>

<p>Spectrum</a> U</p>

<p>I happened to pick up this morning's New York Times right after looking at this thread. I thought you might find this op-ed piece interesting: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/i-had-asperger-syndrome-briefly.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/i-had-asperger-syndrome-briefly.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>PghMomof2 -- I've sent you a PM, but it doesn't show in my Sent box. Did you receive it?</p>

<p>Just saw this article on Mercyhurst's Asperger's program.
University's</a> program puts autistic students on path to independence - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</p>

<p>Sure did, Marsian - just responded. So far, I've found more than 40 programs - not all as comprehensive as Mercyhurst's, but still a surprise (to me, anyhow).</p>

<p>pghmom: here are a few other good resources for college planning - not sure if they are already available on the Spectrum U site or not? </p>

<p>This first link is a checklist of things to look for in a college that many families might find helpful when they start the college selection process:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.dixonlifecoaching.com/docs/IECA-Aspergers-chart.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.dixonlifecoaching.com/docs/IECA-Aspergers-chart.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>and this is an excellent article on issues that many college students with Aspergers face (as well as a potential center that some families might wish to go to for help):</p>

<p><a href="http://aspergercenter.com/articles/college-experience-asperger-syndrome.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://aspergercenter.com/articles/college-experience-asperger-syndrome.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Thanks, scansmom - much appreciated!</p>