Heidi Posavac, Ph.D., HSP, ADHD-CCSP
ADHD Counseling & Coaching for High School, College Students, & Adults throughout TN & NY
Manage your ADHD so it doesn't manage you
ADHD Counseling & 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 are often ill prepared and are less likely to graduate. In high school, 80% of the learning takes place at school and 20% at home. In college that paradigm flips where only 20% of the work is covered in class and students are expected to do most of the work outside of class, independently. In addition, most classes don't meet every day, so college days are full of unscheduled and unstructured time. 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. However, research has shown that students who received counseling and coaching were more likely to persist in college and had significantly better retention and graduation rates than those who did not.
Having a weekly session to plan their week to Review, Evaluate, Anticipate, and Plan helps students stay on track. Sessions may focus on: breaking large projects into small manageable pieces, improving study skills, planning and prioritization skills, learning how to impose structure in an unstructured environment, externalizing time, reducing external distractions (social media), anticipating obstacles, catching small problems before they become large problems, all with the ultimate goal of learning to self manage their ADHD.