Developing meaningful relationships with teachers can be a challenge for some students on the autism spectrum. Spend some time learning about why the recommendations from school counselors and teachers are important, so you have context to build relationships. This article might shed more light on the topic. Also, talk to trusted adults about how to work on making more connections with your teachers and school community in a way that feels right to you.
When choosing who to ask to write a letter of recommendation, keep some points in mind:
- A teacher who knows you well and has taught a class recently that you were in
- Consider teachers who taught an academically challenging class that you were in
- Choose a teacher who knows you well even if you did not get an A in the class.
Be mindful of the timing of asking the teacher, particularly if you are considering Early Action or Early Decision. Also, ensure that you have reviewed the application and are aware of the types of letters of recommendation that are being requested, such as a letter from a math or science teacher.
Develop information to share with the teacher that can enhance the letter, and make it more unique to you, so who you are as a person comes through. This should include examples such as leadership in the community, notable impact on campus, academic honors, etc. Taking some time to work with the teachers to provide the best letter possible can go a long way!