Transition Specialist Kerrie Harris traveled recently to Dallas, Texas, to speak at the Autism Society's 41st National Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Along with Program Coordinator Marc Ellison, Harris spoke on the topic of Developing Skill-Building Groups for College Students with ASD.
The college support program at Marshall University has facilitated group skill-building since soon after the program began in 2002. The presentation given at the national conference highlighted the pro's and con's of each evolutionary stage of our group.
The Discovery Group, the name of the group, has evolved from a support group structure to a topic-driven psychoeducational experience to a model that integrates psychoeducational, person centered and cognitive behavioral approaches. In our experience, information provided in a safe environment that provides opportunity to rehearse new skills is highly effective.