New Resources for University Students on the Spectrum

From ICAC Contributor Rosemary Moore –

As a member of the University Autism Committee and contributor to what follows, I’m happy to advertise this First Year Seminar at UI this spring:

New FYS offered Spring 2018
“Finding Your Comfort Zone: Secrets to Success”
Who: Please share with any students you feel might benefit. (We had students with ASD in mind as we created the course, but it also is applicable to anyone who struggles with transitions and/or executive functioning skills.) We also hope to draw students who might be allies for this population on campus.
Course Overview: This course is designed to help students explore what they need to be successful and happy at the University of Iowa. Insights into the unwritten “rules” of college life will be shared, such as how to make friends, connect with faculty or staff on campus, and engage with resources that may help foster positive learning experiences and provide support.
The course has a seminar format. The goal of the class is for you to have your questions answered about how to navigate the college environment. Students will leave the course with more confidence about how to gain a worthwhile learning experience and enjoy college life.
Weekly Topics:
• Starting a new semester – Finding my Comfort Zone
• Finding my comfort zone on campus
• Finding my comfort zone with instructors
• Finding my comfort zone with peers
• Finding my comfort zone in the residence hall / apartment
• Finding my comfort zone in the community
• Finding my comfort Zone with transitions
• Knowing myself
“Secrets to Success”
• Case Scenarios – In the Classroom
• Case Scenarios – With my peers
• Case Scenarios – In the campus community
• Summer plans

Please contact Pam Ries ( with additional questions.

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