My plan is to make Asperger's Conversations a place for various forms of commentary (audio, text) on current issues in Asperger's and high functioning autism. Some will reflect research and clinical activites here at the Asperger Resource Group of Keene State College which includes studies in speech styles, decoding of emotion in voice and face, effects of parent support, and college-based peer mentoring.
In today's post, I am discussing a peer mentoring program here at the college which uses "typical" (non-Asperger, non-autistic) college student to provide support for those with spectrum disorders. College students with Asperger's are assigned one to four mentors who spend between 5 and 10 hours per week with their mentors. These mentors provide them with feedback about social skills, help them to develop social networks, expose them to new types of social and non-academic activities, and otherwise befriend them. The mentors, in turn, attend bi-weekly group supervision meetings with clinical faculty and receive course credit in applied psychology.
Click here to listen to brief commentary and interviews with two college students receiving mentoring services: