*ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Amanda Frankel, Student Success Coach and ASD Specialist recently attended the Annual College ASD Summit in order to learn about the latest research and findings in the field. She is currently training our staff and implementing new standards of care for our ASD students. Her main take away is that ASD students are more complex than their diagnosis and often struggle with mental health issues that are commonly assumed to be part of normal behavior for an ASD student.
In reality, these students often struggle with mental health disorders that need to be recognized and treated individually. Research has shown that the interaction between ASD and mental health disorders is key to understanding the complexity of these students, the challenges they face and how we can offer the support that will make a difference in their lives.
ASD experts attending the summit emphasized the need for including mental health support as a part of the accommodations these students receive. Let’s help spread the word, reach out and enlist higher education institutions to bring awareness and change in this area. We plan to do our part beginning right here at home by working with our partner colleges to provide the services our ASD students need.
Common mental health disorders that ASD students may experience: