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Empirically based, consumer-informed programming to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) transitioning to college is needed. Informed by theory and research, the Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with ASD (STEPS) was developed to address this need. The first level (Step 1) supports high school students and the second level (Step 2) is for postsecondary students with ASD. Herein, we review the extant research on transition supports for emerging adults with ASD and describe the development of STEPS, including its theoretical basis and how it was informed by consumer input. The impact of STEPS on promotion of successful transition into college and positive outcomes for students during higher education is currently being evaluated in a randomized controlled trial.
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- Development of a College Transition and Support Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Susan W. White
Nicole N. Capriola-Hall
Isaac C. Smith
Caitlin M. Conner
Susan B. Asselin
Elizabeth E. Getzel
Carla A. Mazefsky
- Springer US