Problems relating to Halls of Residence and Daily living
Many students find the transition to living away from home, without parental support and guidance difficult. Students with AS might want to be at university, but can find it very much harder than they could imagine it would be. The social interaction and communication demands are high. They are away from their known and trusted circle and have fewer skills to help them develop the sort of social circle that they enjoy and are supported by.
Sometimes they are far happier with international students – there are no preconceived ideas or assumptions or expectations about culture, language use communication – they accept each other differences more easily and expect to be misunderstood and to have to clarify.
The pastoral support staff can play a significant role in making sure the student with AS has a relatively smooth transition to life in Halls of Residence. It is important to understand the impact that the condition can have on students and to be able to interpret what they say and do accurately.