Social Skills

Mansfield Hall’s Winter Excursion: Trip Report

By Bryan Wilkinson Director of Student Life, Burlington, VT January 3rd – 8pm   Everyone has successfully rendezvoused at the hotel in Fort Myers after flying in from various locations across the country. Our group size is five students, two Mansfield Hall staff (Bryan Wilkinson and Jasmine Lamb) and two professional guides from Breakwater Expeditions… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Anchoring Social Skills in the Real World: Authentic College Support Program

Most would agree that the earliest institutions of education were in the form of apprenticeships. The Master Carpenter would take on a student and teach them how to construct buildings through on the job training. The student would learn math, science, physics, and business while actually doing it. Indeed, our schooling systems still rely heavily… Read more »