Student Affairs

Students on the Autism Spectrum and Residence Life

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown
Price: $50.00

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The increasing population of students with Autism on our college campuses brings diversity to our campuses along with some unique challenges. Students on the spectrum are often academically capable yet challenged in social interaction and executive function, which may create issues for Residence Life staff. This session will:

  • discuss autism in general
  • talk about how symptoms may be manifested in residence halls
  • provide information for RA's working with students on the spectrum
  • provide information on roommate issues
  • briefly touch on conduct issues

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn basic information about Autism.
  • Strategies to assist students on the spectrum living in residence halls will be examined.
  • Strategies to assist residential life staff who will be working with students on the spectrum.
  • Participants will explore issues of how to better include students on the spectrum in residential activities.


Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, who is a parent of a student with a disability, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co-authored Student with Asperger's: A Guide for College Professionals (2009), The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (2012), and Behavior Management and Self-Regulation (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.

Dr. Brown speaks both nationally and internationally and frequently consults to colleges and universities. She is co-director of College Autism Spectrum, a group of professionals providing college-level support and training for students, parents, and professionals involved with the autism spectrum community. Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 24 year old son with Autism giving her a unique understanding of the issue.

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