|Academic Check-in (Coaching)||Students registered with LDS (and diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder) have the opportunity to meet with our ASD Academic Coach for weekly or bi-weekly academic check-in appointments. Check-in appointments focus on academic skill building: developing and implementing time management, study strategies, organization skills and problem-solving strategies. The Academic Coach will also support students in connecting with events, clubs and organizations on campus.
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|ASD Support Group||Going into its ninth year, the ASD Support Group is facilitated by LDS Disabilities counselor, Angela Lecompte and our ASD Coach, Mike Hatton. Designed by Angela eight years ago, the support group provides an excellent opportunity to talk with peers living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The support group recognizes that students face similar issues. Whatever you are facing, someone else has most likely had a similar experience. Find out how we can help each other by sharing our experiences with one another.
When you consider joining the support group, think about what your needs are and what you hope to gain from joining the support group. Also, consider how willing you are to support others in the group, as groups are most effective when you are not only willing to receive support but to offer assistance as well.
Attending support group meetings will give you the opportunity to get assistance with any challenges or issues, receive support and guidance by dedicated individuals willing and able to offer the assistance you may need and, who knows, you might even make a life-long friend or two.
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|Asperger Mentorship Program||Dr. James Bebko developed the Asperger Mentorship Program to provide support to students living with ASD so that they have a higher likelihood of success at university. It is free and open to students diagnosed with an ASD at all levels of York University.
Through the Asperger Mentorship Program, students are paired with a mentor – usually a clinical psychology-developmental grad student with experience in ASD – who meets with them anywhere from once a month to once a week, depending on need, to discuss issues, develop strategies and provide individual attention.
The mentors will help navigate social skills, such as how to make or get involved in evening and weekend social plans, meet new people, as well as help develop strategies around managing and organizing course work and exams or talking to a professor about a problem. The mentors will also help with issues around romantic relationships, sexuality, families, dealing with their sudden independence and substance use.
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