Find a College Where Your Child with ADHD Can Succeed! – A guest post by Judith Bass, CEP, an educational planner specializing in work with students having learning differences.
- Does your teen still need help getting started with homework?
- Does she need help planning and organizing her day?
- Do you find yourself still advocating for your high school junior with his teachers and counselor?
If these situations sound familiar, you might wonder how your child will be able to manage the demands of college! Or maybe you think that his or her intelligence alone will be enough for success?
Jan attended a public high school and maintained a strong GPA through all 4 years. She took 6 AP classes and earned 4s and 5s on her AP Exams.
After spending the weekend socializing with her new college friends, Jan sat down at 8:00 on Sunday night to begin her homework for the next day. She had not realized that her Psychology reading was 100 pages and that her English paper needed to include citations. She managed to do a decent job on the paper and read most of the Psychology assignment; however, she was so tired the next morning that she slept through her 9:00 class. She wasn’t sure how to contact her professor, so she did not get the notes from class and did not know that there would be a quiz the following class.
She could not bring herself to tell her parents, because she knew they would be so disappointed in her. Jan stopped going to most of her classes and continued to spiral downward emotionally.
HOW DID JAN GET HERE?
Jan’s parents provided much of the scaffolding that kept Jan propped up during high school, by making sure she got her homework started every afternoon, sitting with her while she completed it, and reminding her of upcoming test dates and long-term assignment deadlines.
Jan did not even realize how much support she had received until it was no longer present.
So, she and her parents hadn’t thought ahead about what accommodations and supports might ease her transition to college expectations.
Coaches can help students set up a schedule to include study time and free time; they can help students break down long term assignments into smaller, more manageable chunks, they can guide students toward self-advocacy with professors. When visiting colleges, it is important to find out if such a model exists and whether it would be a good match for your son or daughter.
It is even better if they develop these skills before leaving high school, but we’ll leave that topic for another day!
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