As the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, ADD, and other learning differences explodes to nearly one in 100, it is important to address the type of support these individuals will need as they transition to college. Most college age
Each year at CIP, several students at each center have the classic form of “Cognitive Rigidity” which is very intractable. The defenses they have erected are formidable. Some Things We Know: If you get into a power struggle with them it does not work. If you try to argue with them or
Via ASTEP Michael McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program and an ASTEP Advisory Board Member. “It’s not just about the Degree.” This is probably the most common phrase I say to parents when I am speaking with them. Getting a college degree can help a student to get a
The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says the glass is half-empty, and the person with Asperger’s says the glass is made of silicon melted and formed into a shape to hold liquids for humans to drink.
Via Autism Parenting Magazine, August 2013 issue By Dr. Michael McManmon, Founder, College Internship Program (CIP) Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome often feel overwhelmed by their first attempts at independent living. Attending college, making friends, and learning new ski
By Dr. Michael McManmon, CIP Founder So, you’re off to start the next chapter in your life. You’re going to a school, a college or a program away from your home and your family, possibly for the first time in your life. In your heart you know that you are ready for this change, but na
Knowing that negative preconceived notions and expected outcomes can significantly skew the outcome of any situation, individuals can learn to reframe their perspective, creating a foundation for change and allowing new growth.
By Dr. Michael McManmon, Founder of CIP and author of “Made for Good Purpose” In 2003 my Academic Dean walked into my office and asked if she could talk to me. I said “sure, sit down”. She was very hesitant and somewhat nervous. She started by saying “I hope you will liste
By Dr. Stephen Shore, CIP Advisory Board Member, Founder of Autism Asperger’s Consulting, and author of “Understanding Autism for Dummies” Originally appeared in the Advocates for Individuals with High Functioning Autism Asperger’s Syndrome and other Pervasive
Devon is a bright, engaging 22 year old with a proud sense of accomplishment. He believes that while we all encounter obstacles during our lives, these obstacles can be overcome with motivation and perseverance. Devon says we simply need to identify what we value, set goals and move b