Monday, June 21, 2010

College in the Age of Autism

College.  This is a very big step for a young man with Aspergers Syndrome.  At one time, as I briefly mentioned in my last post, it was near impossible.  But for a friend of my son's who will graduate high school next week...well, we will see.  My fingers are so tightly crossed they are about to break.

This college is about 2 hours from where we live.  Close enough to come home on weekends, but he will have to live in a dorm.

Did you live in a dorm while in college?  Do you remember the noise, the smells, the chaos?  And, having to deal with a room mate?  It was the luck of the draw, and sometimes it was a big period of adjustment.

For a person with Aspergers Syndrome having a roommate can be a deal breaker. Never mind the noise, the smells, the chaos.

One possible solution is to get a private dorm room.

My son's friend's Mom told me today they haven't heard from the college yet about him getting his own room. 

Do they have a plan B?  It isn't my place to ask.  I'm sure they do.  It is one of the first things parents of a child on the spectrum learn.  They learn how to have a plan B-and plans C, D, E.....

I don't know what other supports the friend will have.  It isn't my business to ask either.

However, as this develops, I will post my observations-in a very general way. 

Good luck, friend.

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