For those who unable to make it to yesterday’s roundtable on mental health in the classroom, here the handout. Mental Health Roundtable .
For the full Office for Students with Disabilities Faculty Handbook see here.
Our Counseling department has a page of useful information about their services and links to non-Normandale resources.
Four useful tips stood out for me:
- Normandale has smart people in many divisions (Counseling, Student Affairs, OSD, psychology) skilled in addressing all mental health concerns. If you need help as a faculty, we have the expertise to answer questions.
- Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) need clear behavior guidelines that might feel patronizing to other students.
- Using the words “flexible” and “back on our topic” are keywords for many ASD students, which can trigger effective coping strategies.
- Deescalation language (verbal and body) is invaluable when confronted with hostile students.
We received strong feedback that further discussion and training around mental health and autism is desired, and we’re working to meet those wishes.
Thank you to all who participated: we had a room full of dedicated educators from across the college. I thought the session both useful and a declaration of the seriousness and care we take addressing our students’ needs.