The LD Student: From High School to College

It’s never too early to begin discussing your student’s college transition plan. This is a tricky time for all students and an especially tricky and overwhelming time for students who struggle with learning differences. The majority of Odyssey students go on to either a junior college or a 4-year university, taking their social and academic skills toolbox with them.

Here are some key things to think about when helping your student with this transition:

Diagnosis:
Ensure that your student understands their diagnosis (or diagnoses), the pros and cons of the diagnosis, and how to implement strategies for success considering the specific learning disability. For example, The Independent Education Consultants tell us that “students who are successful know that they must attend class, use organizational skills, read for understanding, and study during the day.” It is also critical that students learn proper self-advocacy skills before entering college. It is imperative that students with learning differences know how to properly communicate their strengths, weaknesses, and accommodation needs.

Meetings:
During high school, Invite your student to attend planning, transition, and 504 meetings. In doing so, your student can get a clear picture of what teachers and administrators are putting in place to assist in their academic plans and success. This is also an opportunity for students to ask questions and make comments and suggestions relating to their accommodations plans. This also strengthens necessary self-advocacy skills and will help students communicate clearly with teachers (and future professors) on their own behalf.

Accommodations + Self-Advocacy:
Proper and up-to-date documentation is required in order to receive appropriate accommodations, such as being given more time on standardized exams. Here is a good resource that explains rights and responsibilities for LD students entering postsecondary education. When a student has the ability to self-advocate, it can make a world of difference in their academic career. Relaying to teachers and professors what sorts of resources are needed, such as having access to audiobooks and electronic books, having a quiet space to work in, or being allowed to record lectures, is extremely important.

Time Management + Organizational Skills:
Whether it is a paper planner, an electronic calendar, or a smartphone, do your best to support your student in securing a method of planning and organization that works for them. This is a priceless skill for college life. Also, encourage your student to join study groups and reach out to fellow classmates for knowledge sharing, social groups, and general college-life support.

Feel free to check out more information HERE from The Independent Education Consultants on college transition.

IN OTHER NEWS
Recently, Lisa Bovee was a guest panelist for Amplify Austin’s Social Media Training. They were impressed with last year’s social media campaign and asked that we share more about our strategy, content, and messaging with the 2017 Amplify participants. We are proud of all of the connections we make through social media and proud that we were asked to participate. Thanks, I Live Here, I Give Here for inviting us!

Odyssey is excited about the following events:
18 Days until the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon! (Sunday, February 19th Water Stop #23)
28 days until we AMPLIFY ODYSSEY! (Thursday, March 2nd @Odyssey School)
81 days until our Odyssey Matinee Featuring Wendy Colonna! (Sunday, April 23rd @The Highball)

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