Transition to higher education for students with autism: A systematic literature review

Alison Nuske, Fiona Rillotta, Michelle Bellon, Amanda Richdale

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Abstract

This study is a systematic literature review of the experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members in higher education, with a particular focus on transition. Systematic searches were conducted across six databases: Medline, CINAHL, ProQuest, PsycINFO, Scopus, and Informit. Published articles (n = 11) describing the experiences of transition to higher education, from the perspectives of individuals with ASD and their family members, were reviewed. The bioecological theory model was used as a framework for examining the complex interactions between elements at the individual, microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem levels, and how they impact on the student’s experience of transition to higher education. Findings showed that individuals with ASD experience challenges associated with: core and associated characteristics of ASD, self-disclosure and awareness, and mental health and wellbeing. Family members reported significant challenges associated with systemic policies, which impacted on their ability to support their family member with ASD. It is highlighted that an individual and flexible approach to transition support, and increased academic and professional staff awareness and understanding of ASD, are critical to the transition experience of students with ASD in higher education. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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