Marshall to welcome students with Asperger’s Syndrome

A group of high school students with Asperger’s Syndrome are coming from across the U.S. to enroll in classes of their choice  on the Huntington campus July 16-Aug. 16.

Approximately 12-15 students who have completed their junior year of high school  will be taking part in Marshall’s  7th Annual Summer Transition Program. In addition to taking a class, they will live independently in the residence halls, eat in the dining halls and receive individualized support from College Program staff of the West Virginia Autism Training Center. Students will work collaboratively with staff to structure daily activities and develop visual schedules that are tailored to each student.

Asperger’s is a developmental disorder that typically affects communication, behavior and social ability, according to Hillary Brown, Student Support Specialist. This autism spectrum disorder is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, restricted, repetitive, or stereotyped behavior and clinically significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

The summer program is designed to provide student support in the areas of academic, independent living and social skills development. Students work one on one with a supervised graduate mentor, participate in social opportunities and learn valuable tools in social skills groups.  Individual counseling services are also available.