On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD

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Preparing to live on your own at college can be difficult and scary—especially for teens with ADHD or LD. On Your Own provides a wealth of college readiness skills and teaches college-bound teens how to acquire these skills in a clear, easy-to-understand way. On Your Own explains facts about college life, differences between high school and college, how to use high school to get ready, and how to make a plan and set goals to ready one self—teen readers will find a short set of surveys to rate themselves on a ...

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Overview

Preparing to live on your own at college can be difficult and scary—especially for teens with ADHD or LD. On Your Own provides a wealth of college readiness skills and teaches college-bound teens how to acquire these skills in a clear, easy-to-understand way. On Your Own explains facts about college life, differences between high school and college, how to use high school to get ready, and how to make a plan and set goals to ready one self—teen readers will find a short set of surveys to rate themselves on a variety of skill areas needed for success in college, including problem solving/decision making, communication, self-awareness, daily living, and study habits. Chapters in the book cover strategies and teaching tools to build those important skills—essential for life at college and beyond. Teens can choose to work on one or two problem areas in individual chapters, or to use the book as a whole to develop lifelong skills and problem solving techniques, making On Your Own an essential resource for any teen with ADHD or LD getting ready to live at college.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Getting ready for college can be overwhelming and sometimes frightening for teens just out of high school. Since college is different than high school in many ways, they do not know what to expect. This concept can be more frightening to teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or who have learning disabilities (LD). Teens with ADHD and LD need more guidance in organizational skills and staying focused on what they are doing whether in the classroom or anywhere else. This instructive book gives step-by-step plans to assist students with getting ready for college. In addition, there are strategies on what to do while at college. A college readiness checklist gives teens an idea on skills they will need to work on. A skill analysis worksheet assists them in working on those same skills. The book goes into details about self-determination skills such as strengths, weaknesses, communication skills, handling conflicts, and self-management. Each area described gives specific ideas on how to build these skills. For example, in communication, students can develop a list of conversation starters to help in talking to others. Other key information includes details about daily living skills and academic skills. There are also tips on study skills, homework, tests, and time management. Furthermore, there are guidelines on how to be prepared, suggestions to talk to teachers and parents, how to practice for tests, and organizational plans. Even though this educational book is geared toward teens with ADHD/LD, it would be beneficial for any teen who is entering college. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
Kirkus Reviews
This slender volume provides advice for teens with ADHD and learning disabilities on successfully making the transition to college.

Advice books abound, some more readable than others. This work should be numbered among the "others." Starting with a discouraging caveat—only about 50% of teens with ADHD/LD will either still be enrolled in college or have graduated after five to six years—this effort has readers complete a self-assessment test. It includes topics such as Organizational Skills, Self-Knowledge, Daily Living Skills and Time Management Skills. Based on the results, readers are given advice on learning ways to manage in college. Teens should analyze their results, write goal statements and action plans, track their progress and evaluate and modify their plans. Each topic from the test has a chapter of advice, followed by a list of pertinent websites. In the Daily Living Skills section, the advice on laundry begins, "First concentrate on washing. No matter how you choose to instruct yourself, you need to learn about washing first." While all the advice is probably worthwhile, the format is dry, sometimes condescending and often monotonously repetitive. It's difficult to imagine busy, college-bound teens having the time to attempt the development of so many action plans and so much list-making.

A ho-hum advice book that's long on lists and short on appeal.(Nonfiction. 16-18)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809552
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 395,613
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Get Ready

College is not High School

No Homework and Not Much Structure 11

No Parents 12

No Accommodations 15

No Teachers 16

Thinking About These Differences 17

How to use this Guide 19

Step 1 Complete the college Readiness Checklist 21

Step 2 Complete the Skills Analysis Worksheet 27

Step 3 Write Specific Goal Statements 28

Step 4 Create an Action Plan 33

Step 5 Develop a System to Track Your Progress 35

Step 6 Evaluate and Modify your plan 35

Part II Get Set 36

Self-Determination Skills 39

Self-Knowledge 39

Self-Advocacy and Communication Skills 47

Self-Management 55

Daily Living Skills 65

Self-Care 66

Organization 79

Time Management 83

Academic Skills 93

Self-Knowledge 93

Study Skills 97

Time Management 112

Part III Go 121

Preparing to start college 122

A Few Final Words 126

References 127

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