Autism Spectrum Peer Coaching Team (ASPeCT)
Accessibility Services developed a coaching support program to address the increasing need to support students on the autism spectrum. The program is designed to provide an additional layer of individualized support for students throughout their transition to college.
How It Works
Transition coaches work individually with students on five key competency areas to develop the skills and strategies necessary to succeed in college. As students progress, the program's focus shifts from adjustment to the college environment to the pursuit of optimal independence and the transition to the workforce.
About the Coaches
Transition coaches are experienced, upper-class student employees trained to serve as an additional resource for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program coordinator matches students and coaches based on the student's unique needs. Customizing their schedule and strategies to accommodate each student, coaches work one-on-one with students on the competency areas, emphasizing the specific needs identified in the student's individual needs assessment. Coaching topics may include effective problem solving, implementing a study schedule, appropriate interactions with faculty and peers, and perseverance in the face of obstacles.
Each student's needs are assessed based on the program eligibility criteria. Students meeting the following criteria will be considered for the Coaching Services Program:
- Diagnosed on the autism spectrum
- Registered with Accessibility Services
- Identified needs in one or more of the following key competency areas:
- Social skills
- Study and organizational Skills
How to Apply
Applications for the Coaching Services Program are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by May 15. Incoming first-year students are advised to apply after they've been admitted to the University, but prior to the start of their first semester. Continuing and transfer students may apply at any time. A complete application for the Coaching Services Program includes the following:
- Completed Application for Accommodations
- Disability Documentation (i.e. psychological evaluation).
- Complete the Autism Coaching Program Application
- Individual Needs Assessment (1-hour virtual meeting)
Questions can be directed to Arielle Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-2620.