On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LDby Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Patricia O. Quinn
Preparing to live on your own at college can be difficult and scaryespecially 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
Preparing to live on your own at college can be difficult and scaryespecially 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 selfteen 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 skillsessential 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.
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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