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Supporting Neurodiverse College Student Success

Rowman & Littlefield. Nov. 2020. 312p. ed. by Elizabeth M. H. Coghill & Jeffrey G. Coghill. ISBN 9781538137369. $95; pap. ISBN 9781538137376. $49. PRO MEDIA
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This volume, edited by Elizabeth M. H. Coghill (director, Pirate Academic Success Ctr., East Carolina Univ.) and Jeffrey G. Coghill (outreach librarian and director of Eastern AHEC Lib. Svcs., Lapus Lib., East Carolina Univ.), offers an introduction to supporting students with neurodiversity, geared toward academic library staff. Contributions discuss neurodiversity and self-advocacy and take a deep look at different campus departments (libraries, residence life, academic advising, etc.). The book makes clear that academic supports for neurodiverse students are different in higher education than they are in a K–12 setting, and that students may need help with the transition. Across the contributions, there is a sustained focus on Universal Design for Learning and other conceptual models that may help ensure that library spaces and services are welcoming to neurodiverse students. Case studies between each chapter describe ways that departments on different college and university campuses have taken neurodiversity into consideration.
VERDICT A thoughtful exploration of ways for campus staff to provide helpful services to neurodiverse students.
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