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Next Step: College Success

Next Step: College Success & Independent Living

"My son emerges from these sessions feeling more confident and competent -- and I, as a parent, emerge feeling like I can slow down, appreciate my child, and take some of the pressure off of both of us. I leave the Next Step sessions with a fresh perspective, realizing that my son's differences can also be considered his strengths." - Next Step Parent

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Judge Baker Children’s Center is excited to present an interactive and immersive high school to college transitional support program. This college readiness simulation focuses on fostering skills of independent living in a campus environment for students with social communication deficits.

NEXT STEP: College Success & Independent Living is designed for students, ages 16 - 20, who present with a social language deficit and are serious about attending college after high school. This program is appropriate for young adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD), or related learning differences.

The goal of the program is to afford students a chance to hone executive functioning, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills that are necessary for living with other students on a college campus. Each Saturday session will include a skill focus, individual and group problem-solving activities, as well as a college campus excursion. Additionally, parents will have an opportunity to attend a morning educational seminar for a preview of the day’s activities and discussion on coping with the stresses and concerns of a child transitioning to college.


Next Step Enrollment Form

If you are interested in enrolling your young adult in our program, our intake coordinator will set up a brief phone intake with you and one of our program leaders so that we may learn more about your young adult, and also answer any additional questions you might have about the program. The phone intake generally lasts approximately 20 minutes. 


To learn more, call us (617) 278-4119, or email

Next Step wishes to thank the generous supporters who have made this program possible. Some of our current supporters include:



ImprovBoston has supported Next Step through the generous donation of their time and incredible talent, leading improvisation workshops for our college-bound students. ImprovBoston staff create a safe and playful atmosphere, which brings students out of their shell to realize their own inherent improvisational talent. Amidst all the laughter, students are better able to connect with their inner creative processes as well as with their peers in the Next Step Summer Program.