Preparing for college... when your child is diagnosed with Autism

Posted at: 08/29/2013 1:56 PM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 1:57 PM
By: Benita Zahn, WNYT

What looks like organized chaos is known as packing for college.

"I'm nervous where I'm just trying to do absolutely everything I can to prepare him so he'll be successful, you know" says Cindy Herrmann.

That's because her 18 year old son Fritz is diagnosed high functioning -autism.

Next week he begins his freshman year at Baldwin - Wallace College in Ohio.

" How do you feel about going to school?" I ask Fritz.

"Nervous, excited" he tells me.

While hesitant when speaking, Fritz is focused and accomplished when he plays the organ which he'll be studying at Baldwin-Wallace.

But it's his performance in class that worries his folks.

Because people on the autism spectrum can have trouble with organization, time management, social skills, Fritz's parents have been working with the school's office of disability services, lining up support - a peer tutor - counseling services.

"I had this conference call to talk about supports for Fritz where I had the provost of the university, the dean of students" says Cindy.