Development of a College Transition and Support Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Susan W. White
  • Rebecca Elias
  • Nicole N. Capriola-Hall
  • Isaac C. Smith
  • Caitlin M. Conner
  • Susan B. Asselin
  • Patricia Howlin
  • Elizabeth E. Getzel
  • Carla A. Mazefsky
Original Paper

Abstract

Empirically based, consumer-informed programming to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) transitioning to college is needed. Informed by theory and research, the Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with ASD (STEPS) was developed to address this need. The first level (Step 1) supports high school students and the second level (Step 2) is for postsecondary students with ASD. Herein, we review the extant research on transition supports for emerging adults with ASD and describe the development of STEPS, including its theoretical basis and how it was informed by consumer input. The impact of STEPS on promotion of successful transition into college and positive outcomes for students during higher education is currently being evaluated in a randomized controlled trial.

Keywords

Autism College Transition Adult 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan W. White
    • 1
  • Rebecca Elias
    • 1
  • Nicole N. Capriola-Hall
    • 1
  • Isaac C. Smith
    • 1
  • Caitlin M. Conner
    • 1
  • Susan B. Asselin
    • 2
  • Patricia Howlin
    • 3
  • Elizabeth E. Getzel
    • 4
  • Carla A. Mazefsky
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Child Study CenterVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, Brain and Mind CentreUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  4. 4.Center on Transition InnovationsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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