College and Beyond: Evidence Based Strategies to Help Students with Autism in College and Career

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Emily Helmboldt currently owns a private practice in the central Virginia area.  She provides behavioral consultation and therapy to children and adults with Developmental Disabilities.  She is also a faculty member with the Autism Center of Excellence at the Research, Rehabilitation and Training Center at VCU. There, she serves as a primary technical assistance provider for several school divisions in Virginia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from VCU/MCV and is licensed as a Professional Counselor.  In addition, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a license as a Behavior Analyst in Virginia.  Having a diverse background in rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior analysis, and positive behavioral supports enables Ms. Helmboldt to apply herself in many aspects of the ACE project and her private practice.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION:  A successful college experience can be challenging for any student.  Students who are neuro-diverse often do well with their coursework, but find managing the day to day responsibilities of staying organized, planning ahead, and navigating a new campus environment exceptionally difficult.  Also, the social and independence demands of college are more complex than what they experienced in high school.  This webinar will assist career counselors and other related staff understand the needs of these students and how to provide effective supports and resources to these students to ensure they are career ready upon graduation.


  • List 3 characteristics of a “twice exceptional” student.
  • Identify at least 3 support strategies for deficits in executive functioning and social skills.
  • Identify 3 resources that can be utilized for increasing independence and self-advocacy.