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Goal Setting for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome

Why goal setting takes time. Because it is a risk. Because it means saying out loud (at least to ourselves, but probably to others) that we want to change, grow, and build new skills. This takes courage. This takes hard work. This is vulnerable. We might falter, or flail, or possibly even fail. And failure… Read more »

Mansfield Hall Fellow Says Thanks

At our End of the Year Banquet last week, we allowed students to give speeches or final reflections. One of our fellows, Caitlin, asked if she could share a few words. Mansfield Hall Fellows are a unique aspect to our program. Fellows are traditional college students and volunteer to spend a year living and participating… Read more »

The Art of Building Community at Mansfield Hall

On Tuesdays at Mansfield Hall we gather as a community. Wait, read that last sentence again, because it is a big deal! On Tuesdays at Mansfield Hall we gather as a community. Community is the ground from which all our work at Mansfield Hall grows. It is the substrate of our relationships, it is the… Read more »

The Graduate Student Perspective: A Summer Internship Experience Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Following the completion of my first year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program at The University of Vermont, I began a summer internship with Mansfield Hall, an academic and residential support program for students with a variety of learning needs, including high-functioning autism, executive function challenges, and various learning disabilities. Students… Read more »

In Defense of The Much-Maligned Helicopter Parent – And What Comes Next

The term “Helicopter Parent” was coined in the late 1960’s by Dr. Haim Ginott, who quoted a student describing his mother, who “hovers over me like a helicopter…”  Although in light use through the late 1990’s, the term’s usage gained momentum in the early 2000’s as a new generation of technology-connected young adults, raised in… Read more »

College and Asperger’s Syndrome: Stress and Learning

Stressed? If you answer “no” to that simple question, you are in the tiny minority of people who are not afflicted by the great epidemic of our time.  All of us feel the weight of responsibilities, the unsettledness of modern life.  At Mansfield Hall, we see it writ large in the everyday lives of our… Read more »

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: The Services Cliff

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: High School, The Services Cliff, The Buffet Approach, And How To Find the Help You Need In College In November of 1975 then President Gerald Ford signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which dictates that all public schools (K-12) provide all students “a… Read more »

Rethinking Everything…Literally: College Students with Aspergers Syndrome

Originally published in Inside Higher Ed on December 12, 2014 These days, I find myself in the company of very different students. They live together in a residential and academic support program that was created to help high-functioning students with Asperger’s Syndrome, or students with significant executive function challenges, succeed in college. We provide a… Read more »

CIP Worldwide and College Living Experience (CLE): How do we differ?

We often get asked how we differ from our friends at CIP Worldwide (College Internship Program) and CLE (College Living Experience). Although we all serve the mission of providing college opportunities, our college support programs differ in some key ways. A requirement for Mansfield Hall students is that they are interested in pursuing a college… Read more »