Date of Submission
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Robert DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP
Virginia Salzer, PhD
George McCloskey, PhD
Rafat Omar, PsyD
Jessica Glass Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
The purpose of this project is to develop a Guidebook for school systems on how to help students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) feel most safe when they are integrated into and participate in classrooms providing general education. The Sanctuary Model provides a framework that can be applied to school communities to address the unique needs of students diagnosed with autism. As a framework, it can provide these communities with a blueprint of how to encourage participation from students with autism so they too can benefit from learning how to identify not only their feelings but the feelings of others, addressing their unique experiences, explore holistic and effective ways to cope, and build trusting relationships within the classroom.
Newton, Kerri, "Creating Sanctuary Schools for Students Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2021). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 559.