Southwestern College

The NeuroLinks Autism Program is designed to help students with social skill and communication deficits to develop, practice, and learn new methods and strategies to successfully navigate and enjoy campus life.

We now offer classes specifically designed to meet the needs of students with autism and with social skill and communication deficits:

  • NC 105: Independence, Social, and Study Strategies for Young Adults
    • This class will focus on study skills, time management, making good use of supports on campus, and mood management.
    • It will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 1:20-3:20PM in room 436


  • NC 107: Social Skills: Relationship Basics
    • This class will focus on friendship building techniques and strategies.
    • It  will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:30PM in room 436.


Both classes will be offered free of charge fall semester 2017 through Southwestern College Continuing Education. In order to participate in the classes, you will need to complete the noncredit class application (this is separate from the application for Southwestern College) and turn it in, mail, or fax to the Continuing Education program. Please see the Continuing Education website for more information.

In addition to the classes, we will have a social hour from 3:20-4:20 on Wednesday afternoons also beginning fall semester 2017. This is an opportunity for students to socialize and have fun. Students can play games, look at comics, or talk about their day. Popular games played in the past include: Superfight, Uno, and Scrabble. Student can participate in the social hour even if they are not attending either of the non-credit courses listed in the previous paragraph. This group will also meet in room 436.

Although many of the students who participate in the social hour and take the classes meet the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, students do not need to have the disorder to participate.


If you would like additional information, or if your group or department would like training in regard to supporting and working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, please contact Michelle Gealy, Psy.D., in DSS at (619) 482-6512 ( or Professor Michael Wickert ( in the School of Language and Literature at (619) 421-6700 x5444.


Following is a list of resources that may be beneficial for students preparing for college and for successfully navigating challenges on campus.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Michelle Gealy, Psy.D. at or 619-482-6512/Fax: (619) 482-6511

Cesar Chavez Student Services Center, Building 1400
Disability Support Services, Room S108
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299

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Last updated: 5/5/2017 7:46:56 AM