Neurodiverse STEM Students and the Academic Library

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2019-07-19
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O'Toole, Erin; Anderson, Chelsea
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The likelihood of STEM librarians interacting with students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is increasing as recent research estimates 34% of college students with ASD are now entering the STEM disciplines. This presentation will provide STEM librarians with a general overview of the behaviors associated with ASD. Our focus will be on the corresponding strengths students with ASD bring to STEM and the needs that must be met for them to achieve academic success. We will also explore hypothetical situations with neurodiverse students in the classroom setting and one-on-one meetings. Participants will leave with resources to support further learning about ASD and positive interactions with students.

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