Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

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

9 Establishing an AS
Support Group

Ideally an AS support group will already exist on campus. Many colleges are fostering development of self-help support groups and if your college is far sighted you will have access to one on campus. An existing support group may well operate as a college student society rather than under the umbrella of the student support services. You may find the recommendations in this book useful in your support group.

Support groups may serve two purposes. First, a support group may double as a social skills group which is managed by the student counselling services, but that would be unusual. Social skills groups will have a large therapeutic input from student services. They will be managed by the experts from the counselling services. If there is not a campus-based programme, then contact the local branch of your national Asperger association to see if there is one nearby. We would expect the student counsellor to have this information in any event. Second, a support group will act as a friendship society to help people with AS meet each other and exchange information. The main business of a support group is to foster these activities. A support group tends to be ‘owner’ managed (run by its members) with often no official input from the college. There is nothing to prevent a support group offering social skills classes and advice, and in fact most will do this at some level informally. However, social skills

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