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Teens & Transition

When we talk about “transition,” we’re referring to the process of preparing your teenage child to be college- and career-ready—starting during the middle-school years and continuing through high school and beyond. Learn more about how to help your teen with a learning disability plan for the future and become an effective self-advocate.

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Teens & Transition



Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities

Scholarships For Disabled – Financial Aid Disabled Scholarships are “free money” given to a student for their college education—unlike loans, this money does not have to be paid back. Many private scholarships are available that grant money to students based on their particular strengths, interests, disabilities and other characteristics or qualities. Finding this money can be the hard part, but we’re here to help. The following is a list of scholarships particularly for students with learning disabilities.

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Goals Parents Should Have When Planning for Their Child’s Life After School

Goals - After SchoolAs the parent of a student with a learning disability (LD), you play a crucial role in helping your child build a successful future. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students age 16 and older include transition services, a clear plan of coordinated activities that facilitate the student’s life after K–12 education.

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Planning for Postsecondary Transition

Children Special Needs – Postsecondary Education With the first half of the school year almost complete, I think it’s safe to say that everyone (parents, educators, students) is looking forward to some holiday time away from the classroom. But for students who will be finishing high school in the spring, the next few weeks are likely to be filled with paperwork and planning, meetings with guidance counselors, conversations with college admissions personnel,and hours of online research.

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Helping Your 9th or 10th Grader With Career Awareness and Exploration

Career Preparation – Learning Disabilities Jobs As your child makes her way through school, you, like most parents, worry about what life after graduation will hold. As a parent of a child with learning disabilities (LD), you have extra sources of anxiety. As high school begins, you worry about how strong your teen’s resilience skills are. What should your expectations be for your teen’s future? Should you encourage her to pursue some kind of postsecondary education, even though school has been such a struggle? What kinds of jobs or careers might play to her strengths? How do you help your teen set realistic goals?

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Helping Your 11th or 12th Grader with Career Preparation and “Fit”

Career Preparation - Life Skills ProgramAs the parent of an eleventh or twelfth grader with learning disabilities (LD), how confident are you about your teen’s plans for the future? Does your teen have realistic job or career goals? Has your teen found enjoyable activities that he is enthusiastic about pursuing as an adult? Has your teen held volunteer or paid part-time jobs? If so, can he see any of his jobs leading to a career that will allow him to be an independent, working adult?

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SAT vs. ACT: Which Should Students With LD and ADHD Take?

Tips SAT vs ACT - Students with LDCollege admissions is a stressful process in the best of circumstances, but for students with learning challenges or ADHD, it can be overwhelming. In a maelstrom of deadlines, recommendations, essays, and applications, standardized tests like the SAT and ACT stand out. Students tend either to give them little thought or obsess about them to the point of distraction. Neither approach is helpful! Preparation can help ease anxiety while ensuring a student is giving the test his or her best effort.

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Preparing for College

How To Prepare For College – Students With DisabilitiesObtaining an advanced degree or training beyond high school is essential for individuals to be competitive in today's labor market. Whether it is college, adult and continuing education, or technical preparation, postsecondary education plays a major role in preparing people for employment and career opportunities. Students who continue their education after high school are more prepared to meet the challenges of a changing marketplace.

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Dr. Arlyn Roffman on Promoting Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance in Teens

College Learning Disabilities – Transition Learning Disabilities Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood is the book from former National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Professional Advisory Board member, Arlyn Roffman. In her book, Dr. Roffman offers advice, tips, and information to help families and high school guidance and support personnel understand the extra challenges posed toward students with learning disabilities (LD) as they face the already daunting task of transitioning from high school to adulthood.

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Transitioning to College and Beyond

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Authoritative research-based data on successful transition to post-secondary school and work settings for adolescents and young adults with LD. Information must apply to all post-secondary students (regardless of school location, graduation status, prior school experience, parental expectations, and socio-cultural factors), and address issues including: academic achievement, social-emotional development, work-related competencies, and family involvement.

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Transitioning to College for Students With Learning Disabilities (audio)

about learning disabilities–students with disabilitiesThis podcast features Vincent J. Varrassi M.A., LDT-C, Campus Director, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck Campus and Karen Golembeski, NCLD’s Assistant Director of Educational Programs.

Mr. Varrassi discusses the planning necessary to ensure a successful transition from high school to college for students with learning disabilities.

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Helping Teens with LD Explore a Career Path (audio)

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In this podcast, Dr. Arlyn Roffman, a licensed psychologist and full-time professor at Lesley University, explains how to help teens with learning disabilities explore and plan for a career path that is well-suited to their strengths, challenges, and interests. Dr. Roffman is the author of Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood published by the Princeton Review.

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Can Adult Literacy Programs Help High School Students?

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Can Adult Literacy Programs Help High School Students?

I haven’t seen any research one way or the other. I’m certainly positively predisposed to public libraries in general and to anything that’s organized through the local public libraries. They tend to use local people, and they tend to have high credibility. But I haven’t seen any specific research looking at that, so I can't say unequivocally, “Oh, yes, this is exactly the way to go.” But that would certainly be one of the resources, adult literacy programs.

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Preparing for the Process

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You and your child should prepare for the IEP meeting in advance to help you make the most of the transition planning process. Preparing your child for the IEP meeting IDEA requires that students attend their IEP meeting once transition planning begins. If they do not attend, the school must ensure that their preferences and interests are considered throughout the process.

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The SAT, ACT and Students With Learning Disabilities

special-needs-stories-spell-stressMultiple-choice time! College admissions exams like the SAT and ACT are:

A) A chance for high school students to show college admissions officers what they know
B) Often an anxiety-provoking event for high school students
C) Just one part of a comprehensive college application
D) Sometimes a particular challenge for students with learning disabilities (LD) like dyslexia and dyscalculia
E) All of the above

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The Truth About Learning and Attention Issues and Substance Abuse

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At a Glance
  • Teens with learning and attention issues may be more likely to abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol.
  • Some factors that affect teens with learning and attention issues, such as poor self-esteem and loneliness, can also make them more likely to abuse substances.
  • Treating learning and attention issues may be one of the best ways to reduce your teen’s risk for substance abuse.

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Tips to Help Your Teen or Young Adult Manage Stress

Stress Management in College | How to Reduce Stress in Young AdultsA survey by mtvU and The Jed Foundation found that 63 percent of college juniors had been so stressed that they couldn’t get things done at some point during the preceding three months.

You can help by acknowledging signs of stress in your children, understanding the causes and helping them determine the best course of action to reduce or redirect it. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage and maintain stress at relatively healthy levels. Here are some approaches to discuss with your child:

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