ASD Prep Program

Program Overview

Red River College and Accessibility Services understands that beginning a college program can be an exciting and also challenging time, in a new environment with many fresh experiences waiting around the corner. To encourage a strong start, we are offering a free preparatory program for incoming students identifying with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We call this program START STRONG!

This program is run in a group learning environment, and includes role playing, interactive discussions and following PowerPoint slides.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 17 years and older
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Self-motivated
  • Preparing for entrance into Red River College in the 2019-2020 academic year 

For more info about the ASD START STRONG program see this video of our Evening Information Session.

Below is a general overview of the six session program, with more details to come. Please note that the order the topics are presented in may vary.

SESSION 1:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Pizza lunch included)

  • Introductions
  • The Difference between post-secondary and high school
  • Balancing Responsibilities: Time Management and Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Financial Planning

SESSION 2:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Knowing yourself: accommodations and support
  • Disclosure and Self-Advocacy
  • Managing Conflict

SESSION 3:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness
  • Anxiety

SESSION 4:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Independent Living
  • Time Management

SESSION 5:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Succeeding Socially

SESSION 6:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Wrap up party
  • Review/evaluation of program with participants

To register for the Start Strong program, please contact Jennifer Gaulin at jgaulin@rrc.ca or 204-632-3966.