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Western New England University’s Peer Mentoring Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum has the following goals (from the program website):

  1. To ease the new student’s transition into a new environment
  2. To assist new students in becoming more independent, confident individuals and good self-advocates
  3. To facilitate the development of a social support system and communication skills and to decrease isolation/separation in a new environment
  4. To provide useful and immediate feedback, leading to improvements in personal and professional relationships

The premise of our Peer Mentoring Support Programs is that academic success often rests upon the foundation of both positive self-concept and self-esteem. Therefore, personal/ psychological adjustment is emphasized in order to ease the student’s transition into the college environment. To serve this purpose, Peer Mentors will meet with their mentee at least once a week and will:

  • offer friendship and availability
  • praise effort and good performance
  • stand by their mentees in critical situations
  • assist with academic development
  • listen to personal problems impacting school
  • teach by good example
  • suggest and support alternatives to negative behaviors and attitudes
  • identify strengths to be maximized
  • share critical knowledge and personal experiences
  • serve as the student’s personal campus information center so that they can derive the greatest possible benefits from campus programs, facilities and services with a minimal stress

While each mentoring program rests on a similar premise, the program for students on the Autism Spectrum will focus primarily on communication and social skills development, whereas, the program for students with AD/HD will focus primarily on problem solving, planning, and organizational skills. Each mentee will be provided with an individualized plan to fulfill the primary focus of the mentoring program that they are enrolled in.

School-sponsored program: Yes

Mentoring: Yes

Counseling: No

Social Skills Instruction/Coaching: Yes

Academic Support: No

Application Required: Unclear

Extra Fee: Unclear

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