Autism at-a-Glance: Supporting Communication in High School

Carysn Butler and Jessica Dykstra

This issue of Autism at-a-Glance focuses on understanding and improving the communication skills of adolescents on the autism spectrum. The content specifically targets the needs of students who are able to communicate conversationally. Examples are provided in the context of academic courses and teacher and peer relationships.

If you serve students with more significant communication needs, please see our Autism at-a-Glance titled Supporting Functional Communication in High

Autism at-a-Glance is designed for high school staff members supporting students on the autism spectrum, as well as family members of adolescents on the autism spectrum. Autism at-a-Glance provides a current summary of topics relevant to high school students on the autism spectrum as well as practical
tips and resources for school and community personnel and family members.


Butler, C., & Dykstra, J. (2014, February). Supporting communication in high school (Autism at-a-Glance Brief). Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, CSESA Development Team.