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Making the transition from high school to college life can be difficult and fraught with anxiety and stress. Students are forced to adjust to new surroundings, greater responsibility, as well as new academic and social demands. 

For students on the Autism Spectrum and students with learning disabilities, this transition can be especially difficult and demanding.  projectTHRIVE, Toward Higher Realization of Individual Visions of Excellence, is available through the FIT-ABLE Office to provide on campus coaching to students with nonverbal learning disabilities.

The projectTHRIVE coach is available to assist students with transition difficulties, academic issues, communicating with FIT staff and faculty, independent living skills, time management, organizational skills, and social skills.


Samantha Silverberg, M.A.
Masters in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling
Adelphi University, 2009
Mental Health Counselor, JCCA Compass Project Long Island

After receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from Molloy College 2006, Samantha went on to receive her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Adelphi University in 2009. While completing the masters degree program, she worked at the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and assisted with the Post Secondary Programs for Students with Aspergers Research project for Mitch Nagler, Coordinator of Compass Bridges on Long Island. Samantha joined the JCCA Compass Project as a Mental Health Counselor in September of 2009.

Samantha is available in the FIT-ABLE office Mondays from 9-5.   To make an appointment to meet with Samantha, contact or fill out this form

There are no student fees associated with projectTHRIVE!

** projectTHRIVE is a cooperative project of Jewish Child Care Association’s Compass Project and FIT, with support from UJA Federation of New York, UJA Federation of Long Island, and the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation. projectTHRIVE director is Liz Holly Mortensen.

Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) is a nonprofit, comprehensive agency that serves more than 12,000 children and their families every year. Since 1882, JCCA has been creating warm, embracing community support services. JCCA provides a continuum of care that includes residential facilities, foster homes, group homes, adoption, mental health services, day care, tutoring, and more. In these and all of these programs, the JCCA is motivated by Tikkum Olam, the Jewish mandate to “repair the world”, and by their belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful. projectTHRIVE is part of JCCA’s Compass Project, a family resource for young adults on the Autism/Asperger’s Spectrum.

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