Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004 - Education - 272 pages

College life is particularly stressful for students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and the resources that colleges provide for such students are often inadequate. This much needed guide provides information to help these students prepare successfully for the rites and rituals of studying, interact with staff and fellow students, cope with expectations and pressures, and understand their academic and domestic responsibilities. How will I cope with the workload? What do I do if I feel ill? How do I make friends and initiate relationships with the opposite sex? Drawing on first hand interviews with AS students and direct clinical experience, the authors address these and many other questions thoughtfully and thoroughly, making practical recommendations.

Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome demystifies the range of college experiences for students with AS. It is a must for these students, their parents and counsellors alike, providing benefits that will continue throughout the college years and beyond.

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
11
Welcome to the Rest of Your Life
33
The College Environment for
51
Operations of a typical college
57
Domestic responsibilities
64
Recommendations
72
Working with Student Support Services
109
DISCUSSING TIMEOUT OPTIONS
121
GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER GAD
214
10
221
Treatments for depression
222
Establishing an AS Support Group
228
II
233
Inspirational AS Thinkers and Scientists
241
Life After College
252
GILLBERGS DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR AS
259

ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR
195
know the biology
203

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John Harpur was a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research included a multidisciplinary project on Emotional Intelligence and Asperger Syndrome. Maria Lawlor is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child and Family Centre, St. Mary's Hospital, Drogheda, and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin. Michael Fitzgerald is the Henry Marsh Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child and Family Centre at Trinity College, Dublin.

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