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.
Students with learning disabilities (LD) need to have every opportunity to pass “high-stakes” tests with their classmates. This Parent Advocacy Brief outlines for parents the major issues, the most common obstacles, and provides a checklist so you can help your student stay on course for the future. More >
Parents often struggle with helping their teens with LD choose a career path. Laura Breeden, an expert in career management, shares her expertise on how parents can help their children prepare for the workplace and what skills provides keys to success. More >
This Parent Advocacy Brief can help you understand the requirements and opportunities included in the law so that you can successfully plan and help your child prepare for his or her future. As a parent, it is important to encourage your child to learn what he or she needs to know about college in order to plan a successful transition. More >
As you and your teenager look ahead to college, make sure you’re both aware of the key differences between high school and college: special education services and the laws that support and protect those with learning disabilities (LD). More >
Our e-book, 50 Questions About LD, is filled with answers to common LD questions. Topics include: how to deal with the “LD” label, RTI and working with your child’s school, the emotional impact of learning disabilities at school and home, preparing teens for college and work, and related issues like ADHD and giftedness. More >
Your child is preparing for success beyond high school. The National Center for Learning Disabilities wants to help you as you guide your child on the next step of their journey into college and the wider world. More >
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? ... More >
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.
Preparing for College Success
The student must take a rigorous college preparatory program while in high ... More >
The following is a transcription of the podcast, “Transitioning to College for Students With Learning Disabilities (Audio).”
In this podcast, Karen Golembeski, Assistant Director of Public Policy at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and her guest Vincent ... More >
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 chara... More >
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 li... More >
You know, it’s interesting that here in California—and my reading of studies from around the country suggests that this is relatively consistent—we find across the board, whether students are doing pretty well or not so well, that they’re usually doing better in reading than ... More >
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... More >
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 ... More >
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.
Volunt... More >
As 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 adul... More >
Obtaining 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 emp... More >
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... More >
College 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 e... More >
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 rel... More >
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... More >
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 th... More >
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 au... More >
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... More >
The following is a transcription of the podcast, “Helping Teens With LD Explore a Career Path (Audio).”
In this podcast, the National Center for Learning Disabilities asked Candace Cortiella to interview Dr. Arlyn Roffman, a licensed psychologist and full-time profes... More >
Guiding Teens With Learning Disabilities
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 plan... More >
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 journe... More >
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. Monica’s son began verbalizing feelings of ... More >
Books by, about, and for young and older teens with learning disabilities offer readers valuable stories and guidance. Check out the following books, a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, when you want to give your teen something special to read.My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samant... More >
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.
Transition Planning Is Important
You can help build your chil... More >
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 knowB) Often an anxiety-provoking event for high school studentsC) Just one part of a comprehensive college applicationD) Sometime... More >
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 help... More >