SOAR: News & Events

Marywood University Now Offering PDE Approved ASD Endorsement Program

Marywood’s ASD Endorsement is an instructive program that provides all students with the skills necessary to meet the educational needs of students with ASD. This 12-credit program, which is approved by the PDE, can be completed in 2 semesters. And to make this opportunity even more enticing, all classes are online, allowing professionals the time to complete the coursework at their convenience. Coursework is supplemented by 80 hours of field experience that permit students to work directly with children with ASD. If you are a teacher or school administrator, you can even complete your field work within your own school district!

During both the fall and spring semesters, Marywood University offers 2 accelerated 8-week courses, and the 2 additional courses are offered during summer sessions. The ASD Endorsement can be added to any Level 1 or 2 certificate offered in the Education Department here at Marywood University.

For more information about the ASD Endorsement program, please visit our website,, for a link to the curriculum. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Patricia Arter at (570)-348-6211 ext. 2511 or email her at

Bridging the Gap: Lifelong Considerations when Working with Individuals with ASD

Patricia Arter, ED.D., of Winthrop University and Kathleen Arban, LCSW-C, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Salisbury University, will be presenting on the mental health care crisis for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Individuals with ASD suffer core deficits in sensory, social, emotional, and cognitive areas. While these deficits are generally identified and well supported throughout school, at post-graduation, little services or support are offered. Recent research demonstrates that individuals with ASD suffer a higher rate of anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD, and suicide than the general population yet these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated.

There appears to be a gap in the needs and services for multiple reasons, but most specifically because clinicians are unprepared and untrained to work with this population. This presentation hopes to raise awareness and offer practical tools for intervention with this population.

SOAR Volunteer Opportunities

Lunch Buddies - Students with a meal plan can stop by the Nazareth Dining Hall any day from 11:30am-12:30am to join our SOAR students for lunch!

Fun Fridays - Clubs can prepare an activity to engage the SOAR students in or individual students can just stop by and hang out with SOAR students in the game room in Nazareth Hall while they play pool or board games! Every Friday from 1-2pm.

Job Coaching - SOAR Students are placed in a job on campus as part of their vocational training and job coaches go with them to make sure that they are being safe, staying on task, and getting appropriate feedback during their "work day." Job coaching takes place from 12:30-2pm, Monday thru Thursday. Interested students do not need to attend everyday (they can do just Mondays, or just Tuesdays and Thursdays, etc), but they do need to attend for the entire time slot for the entire semester. Clearances are required by the state to work with these students. The first meeting for Job Coaches will be Monday, Sept. 18th from 12:30-2:00.