What Can College Coaching Do for Students with AS?
Students on the autism spectrum often need a feeling or anxiety and urgency to complete any long term work, yet are also incapacitated by these feelings. Coaching can help create a healthier balance between motivation and planning. For many students on the spectrum, feelings of inadequacy and self defeat have arisen from failure experiences or quickly arise for the first time when college feels overwhelming in its multiple demands.
Coaching can help by encouraging and reinforcing competent behaviors that lead to feelings of competency. Students sometimes cannot self motivate, especially when they are not prepared to handle college stressors. A coach can provide positive reinforcement while teaching how to develop individual methods of reinforcement. Lastly, a coach doesn’t solve problems, but helps students become problem solvers by increasing self awareness and accepting personal responsibility for outcomes.
Acoach who has a strong understanding of the general neurobiological issues inherent in the condition and the individual’s particular profile of strengths and challenges is in the best position to be truly helpful. Understanding specific neuropsychological differences and their effect on function is a very important beginning to developing a useful coaching relationship.