Kelly Autism Program
Circle of Support (College Program)
The KAP Circle of Support provides five major areas of assistance: private dorm room, study tables, mentoring, socials, and counseling. The theoretical framework for the Circle of Support is Social Information Processing Theory and Executive Function Skill Development. All students within the Circle of Support are degree seeking students at Western Kentucky University.
KAP recognizes your need to have time to yourself to recharge each day. KAP has an agreement worked out with WKU Residence Life to provide a single dorm room for the price of a shared dorm room. Participants are housed within many dorms on campus and there is not an autism dorm or floor in the dorms specifically for KAP participants. At the current time, KAP conducts training on Autism Spectrum Disorders with Residence Life staff to help educate them on our participants' needs.
KAP provides mandatory study tables for our participants four times per week. These sessions are scheduled around the participant's class schedule and run from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday. KAP tutors work on executive functioning skills (organization, prioritization, etc.) as well as tutoring. Our tutors come from a variety of majors that fit the academic needs of our participants. Tutors are trained on strategies for working with individuals with autism and are supervised and supported by the program's full time managers. Typical group sizes for study tables are four participants to one staff. Tutors will also help students become connected with other valuable services on campus such as Student Accessibility Resource Center, the Advising and Career Development Center, and WKU Counseling and Testing Center.
Each participant is assigned a mentor group that meets weekly. During this time, about five participants and two mentors will meet together to have dinner or some other activity. The mentors will help the participants become connected on campus socially and with each other. The majority of our mentors area also current tutors for the program. KAP feels that having this dual role really helps our participants connect with those who support them.
KAP has socials several times per month. These include both on campus activities as well as community events. KAP transports participants to these socials using WKU owned vehicles. Some socials have an extra fee associated with them and are not mandatory.
KAP has a mental health counselor on staff to address a variety of needs for our students.
Sessions will be offered in both individual and group formats.