Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Successful Integration of Autistic Students at Ariel University Center

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Successful Integration of Autistic Students at Ariel University Center

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Since 2008, students diagnosed within the autism spectrum with preserved cognitive abilities are integrated in academic studies in Ariel University Center (AUC). The project started with two students four years ago and will have 25 students next year. It is run by the Office of the Dean of Students with professional assistance from the Department of Communication Disorders and our psychologist. Following evaluations, candidates are informed of our professional recommendations pertaining to their field of study. However, they may choose their preference.

Students are given social, academic and emotional support, based on their requirements and demands. Most students in the project lack social skills, as part of their basic disorder. They receive guidance in social interactions, and are tutored for independence in the activities of daily living on campus. We inform teachers and classmates of possible behavior abnormalities that may occur during studies.

Since initiation of the project, we have observed dramatic behavioral changes in most of these students. …

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