The facilitators, obstacles and needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions accessing further and higher education: a systematic review

Nicky Toor, Terry Hanley, Judith Hebron

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    Abstract

    Many young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) intend to go to college and/or university, yet research suggests that these individuals find aspects of their college and university life challenging. To explore the views of individuals directly impacted by these challenges, a systematic review of the existing qualitative literature in this area was conducted. Twelve studies met the inclusion criteria. Thematic analysis of these papers identified six super-ordinate themes: the involvement of professionals; academic, environmental and social factors; well-being; communication; and understanding. The facilitators, obstacles and needs of students pervaded these themes and are discussed alongside implications for counsellors and psychologists working in schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    Early online date23 Nov 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • autism spectrum conditons
    • further education
    • higher education
    • transition
    • systematic review
    • qualitative research

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