ADHD Coaching for College Students
Worried how your son or daughter is going to function in college without you?
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for any teenager, but students with ADHD often have a difficult transition from high school to college and are less likely to graduate. However, research has shown that students who received coaching were more likely to persist in college and had significantly better retention and graduation rates than those who did not receive coaching. In high school, 80% of the learning takes place at school and 20% at home. In college that paradigm flips. Only 20% of the work is covered in class and students are expected to do most of the work independently. Most classes don't meet every day, so college students' days are full of unscheduled and unstructured time (think only one or two classes a day with free time in-between). Add to the equation more long-term assignments and no parents to help keep them on track. It's no wonder that students with ADHD often have a difficult transition from high school to college and are less likely to graduate.
Having a weekly session to plan their week followed by brief daily check-ins to Review, Evaluate, Anticipate, and Plan combined with my verification of the their progress helps students stay on track. Continually breaking large projects into small manageable pieces, developing strategies, anticipating obstacles, catching small problems before they become large problems, all with the ultimate goal of internalizing these processes so students can become their own "coach."