Your professors don’t know you have autism
In college, most professors believe their students are responsible for their own academic success. Professors expect a struggling student to attend their office hours or reach out to them directly. But, asking for help can be really hard for college students on the spectrum. It might be pride, shame, or simple confusion about what question to even ask the professor. Regardless the reason, the professor simply doesn’t know what’s going on if you don’t talk to them.
Advocate for accommodations and assistance before you start struggling
Being memorable to a professor is actually a good thing!
How to ask questions or ask for assistance in class
Asking questions during class puts you on the teacher’s radar. I have taught many college classes, so I have behind-the-scenes knowledge about professors. Professors will see you as an engaged and interested student if you ask questions in class. If you later need their help they will be more willing to listen to your case. They will more likely perceive you as a student who cares, rather than a “lazy” or “entitled” student.
Be your own advocate, self-advocacy skills for autistic students can be useful!
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Other Autism Services at Open Doors Therapy
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About the Author
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. She is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private practice in the South Bay Area, near San Francisco, CA. She specializes in helping neurodiverse teens and adults and facilitating social skills groups.