Puzzle PieceDisabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)
Puzzle Piece is an Autism Spectrum (ASD) group that was developed by DSPS counselors & students in 2014. The primary focus of the group is to provide peer support and promote college success. Students learn social skills as they participate in workshops, presentations, campus activities, and games. The program is facilitated by the Autism Spectrum Coordinator/Counselor and other experienced professionals. Programs and services are located at the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), located in the Student Annex building.
Puzzle Piece Groups- Within the bi- monthly meetings students develop skills necessary for social interactions with peers, professors, and staff in order to ease stress and anxiety related to the college atmosphere. Effective learning and life strategies are explored through workshops, interactive games, team building exercises, and presentations. In addition, students benefit from social interaction, peer support and shared life experiences with other GWC students with ASD.
Each semester students will be given a calendar of events and workshops. Puzzle piece meetings are held bi-monthly on Fridays from 10am – 11:15 am. Meetings are located at the DSPS office. Students can attend as many meetings/activities as they choose and can join Puzzle Piece at any time during the semester. In addition to regular scheduled meetings, there will be some on-campus and off-campus events. Students will receive an email the week of the event and a reminder call the night before. RSVPs are appreciated.
Puzzle Piece Topics
Smooth Transition from High School to College
Back to School Time-Management
Working in Groups- Team Building
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Appropriate College Hygiene
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Appropriate College Classroom Behavior
Academic Counseling– Students will participate in individualized academic counseling and career counseling. In addition, students will have the option to meet with the same counselor throughout their academic career at GWC. All Puzzle piece students will have a comprehensive academic plan their first semester at GWC.
Disability Management– Students have priority to meet with a counselor for any success or difficulties they are having with navigating the GWC campus, and/or their classes. A counselor will help facilitated conversations between students and professors/instructors if necessary.
Learning Disability Specialist- Students who have been previously diagnosed and/or believe they have a learning disability have the opportunity to meet with our LD specialist for academic accommodations and LD testing.
Academic Coaching- Students have the opportunity to participate in individual or group academic coaching.
Parent Seminars- Parents are invited to attend a seminar at the beginning of each semester. The seminars are designed to promote student success for your son or daughter. Moreover, parents will gain information about our program, services, and upcoming events.
NOTE to Parents: High School to college life can be a difficult transition for both parents and students. Please feel free to contact a counselor, if you have questions! We do not recommend that you contact professors/instructors directly, rather direct your questions/concerns to DSPS and we can assist your son or daughter as how best approach their instructors.