Conceptualizing the Postsecondary Experience of Academically Advanced Students With ASD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 8: Psychological Services for Students With Autism

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. apply the strategies and recommendations based on the research presented.
  2. describe the learning strategies used by successful college students with autism spectrum disorder.
  3. describe the challenges faced by college students with autism spectrum disorder.


Existing data on poor post-school outcomes for individuals with ASD indicates a need to further explore experiences of higher-functioning individuals as they exit the K–12 education system. As part of a federally funded project, 40 successful college students with ASD were interviewed to gain knowledge on the skills and challenges they faced at the postsecondary level. Key results regarding perceptions of factors contributing to student success will be reported, as will recommendations for providing support.



Alexandra A. Cascio, University of Connecticut
Nicholas W. Gelbar, University of Connecticut


Sally M. Reis, Joseph W. Madaus


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