ADHD Students: Preparing your Teen for College

Are you a parent of an ADHD student preparing to go to college or university? If so, you might be wondering about how to help them prepare for the transition. You might also worry about them going off on their own. Your teen likely has a lot of support both at home and at school right now, which will be a big change once they go away.

So, what can you do as a parent to prepare your teen for college? Here are some resources we found that might be of interest as you prepare as a family for the transition:

Preparing your Teen with ADHD for College. This article gives some good advice focusing on things that are in your control. Examples include talking early about potential challenges, or getting an updated assessment. It also asks an important question - is your teen actually ready?

How to Prepare your Student with ADHD for College. Similarly, this article gives some potential advice for next steps or things to discuss with your teen. It also goes into more details about the potential challenges that they might face being away from home.

Is College the Right Choice for your ADHD Teen? If your teen isn't ready to go away, it's OKAY to take a year off to feel more prepared. This article talks about productive alternatives to consider. As the article says, students can sometimes benefit from "some time away from school to mature, learn how their minds work best, and set long-term goals."

Either way, the best thing you can do right now is talk early and often to your teen about the transition and what to expect!

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