Improving Your College Experience: A Workbook for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Paperback)
Success in college life and beyond starts with preparation and practice. Dr. Linda Murdock's book, "Improving Your College Experience: A Workbook for Students on the Autism Spectrum", provides both, thereby empowering young autistic adults to take control, improve self-esteem and make the transition to independence. Students will find that independence does not mean doing everything alone, but includes the ability to use all the resources and supports around you.
This book is designed as a workbook-style curriculum that serves as the basis for a weekly support group, social skills group, or life skills group. The book is set up in small chapters that can be read rapidly so that it does not interfere with coursework. Because each chapter is a stand-alone reference on a particular topic, students and group leaders can choose to read the entire book or only select chapters. The chapters all begin with a set of quick rules and end with comprehension checks or application-based worksheets.
Full of quick tips and rules, the chapters cover topics such as: using campus resources, buying or renting textbooks, choosing a major, meeting with your academic advisor, making a schedule, budgeting, car maintenance and responsibilities, classroom protocols, using the library, gym, and cafeteria, dorm and apartment living, conflicts with roommates, health and hygiene practices, time management, study tips, making friends, staying out of trouble, safety, and dating advice.
Beyond its intended use, this workbook could be adapted for other student populations, parent use, and even for young adults who are not college-bound but are preparing for increased independence via other paths.