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College on the Autism Spectrum

College on the Autism Spectrum

A Parent's Guide to Students' Mental Health and Wellbeing

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer. Foreword by Tony Attwood

Quick Overview

Advice for parents helping a child on the autism spectrum prepare for and attend college. Covers everything from academic trials, social links and independent living through to mental health, sensory issues and student services, this book provides skills for parent and child to allow teens to navigate the complex world of college independently.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.43in x 5.35in / 214mm x 136mm, 160pp
ISBN: 9781785925931
2020, ePUB
ISBN: 9781785925962
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Providing expert yet accessible guidance to parents of young autistic people who are going to college, this book helps parents support their child from application through to graduation.

Covering social issues, independent living, academic challenges, student services and emotional wellbeing, this is the one-stop shop for advice on the transition from school to college or university. The book examines the skills that students need to live and function at college, and the skills parents need to let their teens navigate college without a parent as intermediary. It offers ways to combat common problems that affect the mental health of people on the spectrum, such as keeping up with homework, fast-paced classes, and complex social expectations.

This book is for any parent considering college as an option for their child, disability service providers in colleges and for autistic students themselves.


'Laurie has been working with high functioning children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families for 28 years and her experience and wisdom have contributed to writing a highly recommended guide for parents. The guide will encourage the mental health and well being of the college student who has autism as well as their parents.'
- Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane

'Dr. Leventhal-Belfer writes an indispensable guide for preparing children with autistic spectrum disorder going to college. Her years of experience and close connections with patient families lead to clear and concise recommendations for parents. Dr. Leventhal-Belfer shares a detailed and nuanced knowledge of the specific opportunities and requirements for obtaining academic and general accommodations through the university.'
- Dr Michael F Haberecht, Staff Psychiatrist, Vaden Health Center, Stanford University

'We were very fortunate to have Dr. Laurie provide us with the guidance on how to help our son, who was diagnosed with ASD when he was very young. Dr. Laurie was there whenever we were faced with challenges related to ASD. "The Mental Health and Well-being of College Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide for Parents" is an invaluable resource and must-read for parents who have a college-bound child with ASD. Dr. Laurie's knowledge of the college environment helped our son navigate through the complex process and get the help he needed to successfully graduate college.'
- JoAnn Mendonca, Alumni parent of Dr. Laurie’s Friends Program

'This book can truly serve as a lifesaving guide to parents of individuals with ASD who are getting ready to embark on the scary journey of sending their child to college. Frank advice, from parents, individuals with ASD and therapist is provided, offering easy strategies for greatest success.'
- Cheryl Klaiman Ph.D. Program Director, Diagnostic Services Marcus Autism Center


Foreword by: Tony Attwood