Many teenagers with autism do well in high school and head off to college. When they get there, they sometimes run into unexpected challenges. But with the right tools and preparation, college students with autism can continue to succeed.
Trouble with organization is common in kids with autism. Because college comes with so many new responsibilities, autistic students may have a hard time managing their time and staying on track. Living independently, taking care of daily needs, managing homework and schedules — dealing with all these things at once can be overwhelming.
Another issue is that college students with autism may be living without services like educational supports and occupational therapy for the first time. Plus, it can be hard to find clinicians who work with adults with autism.
Transition planning is crucial for kids with autism. Schools start planning with kids and families by age 14, but starting to think about college even earlier can be helpful. Teenagers with autism can learn how to advocate for themselves. When they get to college, they’ll know how to ask for the services they need.