Title

Learning strategies that demonstrate positive academic growth for a student with Asperger’s Syndrome: A family’s journey

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Strategies

Abstract

Navigating the public school system can be detrimental to the mental health of a student with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). Support from other students, teachers, and administrators is limited for these students with AS, which escalates the AS student’s stress and behaviors, creating a huge need for the use of coping skills and learning strategies. The end result is the student with AS feeling a need to continuously switch schools or even give up and withdraw. Parents tend to blame the school in general, and hope that a new school will have the empathy and understanding the student with AS needs. The researchers will demonstrate how the family chose to change from a traditional academic high school in exchange for a non-traditional online high school, and how they further implemented learning strategies based on current research methodology and external support systems to positively affect the student’s academic growth and development. The learning strategies that the family applied will be illustrated from the point of view of the high school student with AS, his sister, who tutors and supports him, and also from his mom, who is his main support system and high school learning coach.

This presentation received a People's Choice Award for Best Poster Presentation, 2014.

Poster Number

27

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tsai, Shu-Fei

Additional Mentoring Department

Special Education

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Learning strategies that demonstrate positive academic growth for a student with Asperger’s Syndrome: A family’s journey

SURC Ballroom C/D

Navigating the public school system can be detrimental to the mental health of a student with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). Support from other students, teachers, and administrators is limited for these students with AS, which escalates the AS student’s stress and behaviors, creating a huge need for the use of coping skills and learning strategies. The end result is the student with AS feeling a need to continuously switch schools or even give up and withdraw. Parents tend to blame the school in general, and hope that a new school will have the empathy and understanding the student with AS needs. The researchers will demonstrate how the family chose to change from a traditional academic high school in exchange for a non-traditional online high school, and how they further implemented learning strategies based on current research methodology and external support systems to positively affect the student’s academic growth and development. The learning strategies that the family applied will be illustrated from the point of view of the high school student with AS, his sister, who tutors and supports him, and also from his mom, who is his main support system and high school learning coach.

This presentation received a People's Choice Award for Best Poster Presentation, 2014.