Senior year of high school—time to relax, coast, wait for college, right? Wrong! You may have been accepted to your college of choice, but the work doesn’t end with an acceptance letter and a trip to the mall for new sheets and jeans. How will you finance your college education? Where and when do you begin the hunt for financial aid?
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.
Teens & Transition
A student with a learning disability planning to attend college needs to take several steps to prepare for selecting the right college and for a successful college experience.
The following is a transcription of the podcast, “Transitioning to College for Students With Learning Disabilities (Audio).”
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.
As 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.
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.
Whether you’re a junior or senior in high school or a new graduate making decisions about your future, it’s important to get some real work experience. A volunteer or paid job can help you “try out” a career field or job setting to see if it’s a good fit for you.
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.
My son, Sal, is a high school senior just outside of New York City. He was first identified at the age of four as a child with a significant language disorder, and then later, as a student with a learning disability and a stuttering disorder. A large part of his current success is related to transition planning, which has helped him gain the academic, emotional and social skills necessary for attaining his goals.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
The following is a transcription of the podcast, “Helping Teens with LD Explore a Career Path (Audio).”
Guiding Teens with Learning DisabilitiesYou 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.
In this Parent Perspective, Monica, the mother of a high school senior with learning disabilities, as well as language and stuttering disorders, discusses how goal-setting and transition planning contributed greatly to her son's success.
Are you a soon-to-be high school graduate? If so, congratulations! But if you have a learning disability (LD) or ADHD, there are a few things you need to do before you don your cap and gown. Read on to make sure you’re prepared for success in your post-high school educational journey.
What is Transition Planning?
Transition planning is a process that should help ensure your child's happiness, success, and satisfaction after high school and onto further work, future education, and adulthood.
Multiple-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
Teens with learning and attention issues may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as alcohol and drug abuse or unprotected sex. These suggestions may make your teen less likely to do so.
Teenagers and young adults with ADHD are more impulsive than their peers. This is especially true for teens with untreated ADHD.
There are few things more disturbing for moms and dads than finding out that your child is intentionally hurting herself. Unfortunately, it’s very common, especially among girls. Experts call it “self injury,” and as many as a quarter of all teenagers do it.
A 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: