Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

By John Harpur; Maria Lawlor et al. | Go to book overview

4 Attending to
Academic Demands
with AS

College life is overwhelming at times. Keeping a steady focus on your studies and academic commitments can be hard. Adapting to new routines and adjusting to changes in existing ones may produce anxiety and confusion. Everyone around you will find change unsettling to greater or lesser degrees. Change and the challenges it brings are inevitable no matter what career one follows. College has certain advantages over other places of work in that change within courses is generally predictable, so with some foreknowledge you can prepare for these changes. Timetables provide scaffolding for your daily and weekly routines. You will have much in common with typical students. Never forget that you have more in common than not in common with them. Use this commonality as a foundation for social interaction. You are more like other students than different from them.


Is life that different for the AS student?

Despite the overlap in interests and abilities between typical students and those with AS, there are differences in social emphasis and behaviour that should be acknowledged. In terms of raw intellectual ability, AS students

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