National statistics on college graduation rates suggest that 4-5 out of every 10 freshman who start college may not graduate, or still be enrolled 5 years later. Freshmen with emotional, attentional and/or learning disabilities may graduate at an even lower rate and experience more challenges as they adjust to college. However, these studies also suggest that some teens who transitioned were better prepared, sought services and graduated at the same rate as their non-disabled friends. This workshop will share what parents can do to increase the odds that their teen will be ready to navigate college successfully.
Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D. is currently the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD: A Learning Center Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maitland co-authored Coaching College Students with ADHD with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey. She and Patricia Quinn published two books on the subject of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD and LD for College and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD.