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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108016
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Palmer relates a humble, gracious story of squiring a high-functioning autistic son to college. ...She thoroughly addresse[s] questions of self-awareness, disclosure forms, Eric's capacities for self-help, orientation, time management and exploiting resources. There's plenty of practical information in these pages, particularly about the college classroom environment. ...A story that rings with love and support, and a drive to help Eric achieve his potential through meaningful, appropriate challenges." - Kirkus Reports "This is a very comprehensive guide to college preparation, selection and success. The real-life, personal accounts of Ann Palmer and her son concerning his own path toward and through college life are a key and unique component to this work. I would buy this book if only for the excellent appendices! ...Our international organization will use this book as a reference for years to come." - Susan J. Moreno, President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome "There are limited resources about this topic, and virtually none from a parent's perspective. I became one of the many TEACCH therapists in the autism community who referred parents to Ann Palmer when their high school children with ASD were considering college. I was thrilled when she told me of her idea of writing a book, and have now eagerly devoured every page. Her well-organized, practical ideas fill the pages in a 'user-friendly' manner, a perfect blend of personal insights and suggestions. Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome feels like a kind and experienced friend willing to sit down and share her and her son's fears, doubts, and successes, providing help for other moms and dads and kids as they embark for the unknown territory called college." - Catherine Faherty, TEACCH teacher, psychoeducational specialist, and author of Aspergers...What Does It Mean To Me? "Owing to vast improvements in therapies and diagnosis, high schoolers with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) have the option of going on to college. As a case in point, Palmer shares the story of her son, Eric, who was diagnosed with ASD at age three and after many years of therapy attended college. Interweaving personal experiences like preparing Eric for college with general information and resources results in excellent guidance for ASD students in high school or college and their parents. Of particular note are the chapters on support strategies (accommodations that can be made for the students), self-awareness/self-disclosure, and links for resources on disabilities on campus. Palmer has worked with professionals at the acclaimed Treatment and Education of Autistic and Other Communications Handicapped Children and Adults Program in North Carolina; her book makes an excellent complement to Judith Cohen's Succeeding with Autism: Hear My Voice. Strongly recommended for all academic and public libraries with ASD or education collections." - Library Journal --Library Journal

About the Author

Ann Palmer is married with three children, one of whom, Eric, was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. He is now 24. She has 13 years' experience working with families of individuals with autism at Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children). Ann coordinated a volunteer parent mentor program that provided support to over 800 families in North Carolina. In her current role as Director of Chapter Relations for the Autism Society of NC, she coordinates over 40 parent support groups throughout the state. She is also the co-author of Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. This book was the 2007 Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year.

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The book also includes a helpful resource list and a sample self-disclosure form.
Dreamdog
This book is well written and is a good planning guide for special needs Jr. high or high school students.
nobody
We borrowed this from the library and by the time I started reading, I knew we had to have our own copy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James B. Buehler on June 11, 2008
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I was sold on this book within the first couple chapters. We borrowed this from the library and by the time I started reading, I knew we had to have our own copy. Ann Palmer does a fantastic job of describing their transition into college without pushing the things that worked for them knowing that each individual is different. She modifies their experiences into a generic form that can be used by anyone. This could even be a resource for anyone not on the autism spectrum. I wish I had a guide like this before attending college. She starts off with a chapter on Elementary and Middle School. Then goes into a chapter on High School before getting to the College experiences. This transition is handled very well. Having the insights from the elementary through the college experience is very beneficial without focusing on the earlier years of school. The appendix contains a wealth of information as well with many book and web site references. We plan on using this when the time comes for our two asperger children (and one "normal" child) to make the college decision. Also, we'll take Ann's advice that she wished she had done some of these things sooner herself. If you are wondering if college is right for your child(ren) then this could be a helpful tool to make that decision and give you some things to concider.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Quartermain on July 5, 2006
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Ann Palmer shares the information that she learned on her own journey to enlighten those who venture on this path. The chapter on summer learning sessions and college strategies will assist parents as they plan and prepare their child on the spectrum for college life. Professionals supporting these students will gain a better understanding of the difficulties that these bright students encounter. More than a personal story, Ann uses her knowledge and experience as a professional to mentor parents, professionals and individuals on the spectrum as they enter this new life phase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hilda H. Jones on July 11, 2007
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This book is an invaluable resource for all college students and parents not just students with autism. A wealth of knowledge, I found myself using multiple color highlighters throughout this book b/c there were so many important things I wanted to remember and use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dreamdog on August 11, 2009
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Imagine that your local ASD parent support group has a member whose son has gone away to college successfully. You know this mom must have done tons of research along the way, from the time her son was first diagnosed until she was moving him into his dorm. She agrees to speak at one of your group meetings. What would you like to ask her?

The answers to your questions are in this book. It's a very personal account of how one family successfully prepared their HFA son for college. When I first began reading, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to use the information in the book because my son's situation is so different from that of the author's child. However, once I got past the sections on early childhood and reached the account of the high school years, I was able to apply the information to my family's situation.

I found the chapter on possible accommodations in college especially helpful. If your child receives any accommodations or services now, you know that it can be hard to find out what is available. I've found that other parents are often the most useful source of information on accommodations, and Ann Palmer proves that to be true.

I also found it very helpful to have a parent's view of how to help a child on the spectrum to become his/her own advocate. I had become nervous reading over and over that college students must be their own advocates, without having an example of how to hand that responsibility over to my son. This book helped with that.

The last chapter, on careers, is a useful introduction to what might come after college. The book also includes a helpful resource list and a sample self-disclosure form.

I got this book through interlibrary loan, but plan to buy my own copy to refer to over the next several years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Moore on September 21, 2009
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As my Asperger's son graduates from a 2 year technical school tonight, I must say that without this book, I doubt we would be where we are today. Ann Palmer, thank you so much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Creatress on April 23, 2009
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WONDERFUL book. Full of helpful information for parents of children with HFA or Aspergers who dream of their child going to college. I recomend reading in 9th grade for a good picture of what's to come and what you can do to help pave the road for your ASD child. I got it from the library, but will make this a purchase!

Written by a parent, for parents. Simple and easy to read. You won't get lost in medical lingo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GatorFan on October 2, 2009
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In brief: I echo all the laudatory remarks written above. Excellent, very "human" book. Another superb and quite new (2009) book on the subject is "Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel," by Lorraine E. Wolf, Ph.D.; Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D.; and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, M.Ed. These two books together provide parents of teens with AS a thorough grounding in what to expect and how to sidestep potential "landmines" during the transition to college.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By enderbyFX on June 18, 2007
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"Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome" by Ann Palmer is a 'must read' for any parent whose child is preparing for the transition beyond high school. A step-by-step practical guide to making the college decision and to achieving college success, this book handily addresses the concerns and issues all parents face regardless of a child's need level. As my own son with AS prepares for college in the fall, I am comforted by and look forward to incorporating Mrs. Palmer's tried-and-true methods for both realizing and holding onto the dream throughout his college years.
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