Uni and Autism

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Hi! I'm going to Uni in 2020, for Speech and Language Therapy or Linguistics and Italian (whichever I get the offers for) but I am diagnosed with ASD (autism)

I was wondering if anyone else with autism could tell me what their experience at University is with the condition? I'm a little worried I suppose

Thank you, Luca
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(Original post by Lemonboy13)
Hi! I'm going to Uni in 2020, for Speech and Language Therapy or Linguistics and Italian (whichever I get the offers for) but I am diagnosed with ASD (autism)

I was wondering if anyone else with autism could tell me what their experience at University is with the condition? I'm a little worried I suppose

Thank you, Luca
Hi, I graduated from uni this year and also have autism (specifically, Asperger's). I had mixed experiences with university, struggling mainly with living in halls with inconsiderate flatmates. What helped massively was the support of a mentor who specialised in supporting students on the autistic spectrum. She understood my needs and helped me to develop coping strategies to deal with the different challenges, from time management to noise in halls. I'd highly recommend getting support from a similar specialist mentor if you can, I personally found it invaluable. In addition to the one to one support, I was granted a few concessions for coursework and exams, such as extra time and use of a laptop. Make sure you let your university know about any particular needs when you start, it will really help

In terms of social life, I did find it a bit difficult to make friends as friendship groups formed really quickly, and I was often too exhausted to attend any social events. I overcame this by making time for the things I liked to do, in my case listening to music was my best way of dealing with the loneliness and stress. My mentor really emphasised the importance of looking after yourself at uni, so that's something to keep in mind as well

Try not to worry about having ASD and going to university, it's definitely doable!
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Hi! I'm going to Uni in 2020, for Speech and Language Therapy or Linguistics and Italian (whichever I get the offers for) but I am diagnosed with ASD (autism)

I was wondering if anyone else with autism could tell me what their experience at University is with the condition? I'm a little worried I suppose

Thank you, Luca
For Speech and Language Therapy, you'll go through an occupational health check. This is where they'll work out how best to support you to work as a SLT student (particularly relating to the demands of the job and placements) given your diagnosis. Make sure you also make yourself known to the student support services at your university, just in case you need extra support/advice.
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Where are you planning on applying?
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Where are you planning on applying?
I've applied to Reading, Essex and Warwick. Reading I applied for SLT. Essex I applied for SLT, and Linguistics and Italian. Warwick I applied for Linguistics and Italian, and Linguistics and Psychology.
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I've applied to Reading, Essex and Warwick. Reading I applied for SLT. Essex I applied for SLT, and Linguistics and Italian. Warwick I applied for Linguistics and Italian, and Linguistics and Psychology.
Can I ask, how did you gear your personal statement towards both all three courses?
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Can I ask, how did you gear your personal statement towards both all three courses?
The courses link, so I spoke about general things I've done and how they will help me at University, I spoke about things that link to the English language, then about foreign languages (saying that i want to study them either at uni or in free time), then about a Linguistics course I did, then about Psycholinguistics, and then from that went into Speech and Language Therapy as a career goal
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The courses link, so I spoke about general things I've done and how they will help me at University, I spoke about things that link to the English language, then about foreign languages (saying that i want to study them either at uni or in free time), then about a Linguistics course I did, then about Psycholinguistics, and then from that went into Speech and Language Therapy as a career goal
Okay, it's just that Speech and Language Therapy is a vocational course, so they usually like the personal statement to be very focused towards that. It usually helps if you've talked about relevant work experience. I don't mean to nitpick at this stage, but as a SLT graduate I thought I should let you know.
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Okay, it's just that Speech and Language Therapy is a vocational course, so they usually like the personal statement to be very focused towards that. It usually helps if you've talked about relevant work experience. I don't mean to nitpick at this stage, but as a SLT graduate I thought I should let you know.
I already have an interview at Reading. Besides, even if I didn't, since my application is already sent off, I couldn't change my personal statement anyway. I was very happy with my personal statement and if they see it and think I wouldn't fit the course, then they're probably right. I've put in everything that could apply

I spoke about working tutoring kids, that's the only work experience I have that is relevant
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