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Bridging the Gap: The High School to College Transition for Students with Learning Disabilities Mary Jordan, Ed.D. and Wilson Onu, M.S.

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1 Bridging the Gap: The High School to College Transition for Students with Learning Disabilities Mary Jordan, Ed.D. and Wilson Onu, M.S.

2 Something about Mary… Mommy and Wife Doctor of Education College & Transition Counselor – My College Compass, LLC – Fonder and President Onsite Supervisor for School Counseling Interns, Johns Hopkins University Advocate Teacher Runner

3 Let the fun begin!

4 8 th Grade Second Semester/Summer (Before 9 th gr. schedule becomes final) The end goal…High School Graduation and College Acceptance!

5 8 th Grade Know Your Disability  Update and Review IEP, psycho- educational evaluation  What role does the disability play in who you are? Academically? Socially?  What is needed to a successful student? Self-Advocate  Schedule a meeting with your new school counselor

6 9 th Grade Learning Styles Inventory  Strengths and Weaknesses Academia  Four Year Plan  Transcript Review  Recalculated GPA Extracurricular and Community Service College Visits Lesson 1: High School Survival Skills Lesson 2: Study Skills Lesson 3: Writing Skills

7 10 th Grade Strong Interest Inventory PSAT Career Exploration Extracurricular and Community Service Update & Review IEP/Psycho-Educational Evaluation (16yr) Transcript Review,  Recalculate GPA Fairtest.org and portfolio ideas

8 11 th Grade Myers Briggs Assessment Semester 1, SAT/ACT Prep Semester 2, SAT/ACT College Search and Selection Process Transcript Review, Recalculate GPA Fairtest.org  Develop a portfolio Essay

9 12 th Grade SAT/ACT/FairTest Requirement Transcript Review, Recalculate GPA Apply to College(s) ACT Engage (Semester One, used to measure student behavior and psychosocial attributes) Student Success (Semester Two) Binder

10 Navigating the Way to Student Success Lesson 1: Law: 504, ADA, IDEA Lesson 2: Exploring Self: defining ones disability strengths & weakness, self assessment assignment Lesson 3: Advocacy: campus resources and role play Lesson 4: Packing up! New World! What to take to college. Leaving home/family TM

11 Navigating the Way to Student Success Lesson 5: College Academics and Accommodations Lesson 6: Study Skills Lesson 7: Getting and Staying Organized Lesson 8: Time Management Lesson 9: Life Skills (social, personal and living) Lesson 10: Assistive Technology TM

12 Transition High School to College College Connection Student Support Services  Contact information  Schedule an appointment to request accommodations Binder Wilson Onu, Lynn University

13 Something about Wilson… Academic Coach, Institute for Achievement and Learning, Lynn University Doctoral Student,  Lynn University Traveler Fiction writer NOT a runner

14 We will talk about… The Great Transition Options for the Empowered Learner Self Awareness and Self Determination Coaching for success

15 The College Transition A significant challenge to every student Independence = responsibility Support Structure (A Lifeline)  Mentors, Peer Mentors  Academic Advisors, Academic Coaches  Resident Advisors, Directors  Student Life, Campus Life Coordinators  Counselors

16 College Characteristics Class size, Faculty/student ratio Major/interest Pedagogy (Teacher training, professional development) Nonacademic and social structures

17 Different Paths  Accommodations  Self Advocacy required  IDEA  Modifications  Academic Coaching/Mentoring  Tutoring  Usually, extra cost ADA Comprehensive Support

18 The Empowered ‘L’earner  Labelled  Learning Disability Difference  Self-Awareness leads to Empowerment and Self Determination

19 Self Determination “A combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs – including an understanding of one’s own strengths and limitations and belief in oneself as capable and effective – that enables individuals to engage in goal-directed, self regulated, autonomous behavior” (Field et al., 1998)

20 Self Determination  To achieve self determination, students must possess: Self Awareness Ability to Set Goals (Short term and Long term goals) Manage Conflict/Problem Solving Self Advocacy

21 Self Determination and Success  Self Determination is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to: Believe they can control their own destiny Set goals for themselves Take actions to reach those goals

22 Self Determination Access to Positive Adult Relationships Support to Manage Social Concerns Connect Actions to Personal Goals

23 Changing Perspective  Purpose precedes perseverance  Obligation versus Opportunity  College is NOT the destination  “I add the value to my college experience”  The true cost of an education ($/Time)

24 Tips for Parents  Discuss strategies to teach son/daughter to be more independent (start over the summer) Student contact academic advisor Allow student to choose classes Create a routine to help them remember to take medication (if applicable)  Discuss the importance of utilizing ADA accommodations or support services

25 Tips for Parents  Discuss Expectations for the coming school year Academic and Social Contact (who initiates, manage anxiety)  Set a Summer Schedule prior AM and PM schedule Practice task completion  Practice Self Advocacy Simulate conflict/crisis resolution

26 Coaching for Success  Why advice doesn’t work  Coaching relies on our ability to influence student’s attitude toward learning (knowledge and perspective)  Success: Set – Act – Repeat

27 Oh Happy Day

28 Contact Information Website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyColl egeCompassLLC Website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnuniversity Wilson Onu Mary Jordan

29 References  Field, S., Ed.D, Parker, D., Ph.D, Sawilowsky, Ph.D., & Rolands, L., M.A..(August, 2010). Quantifying the Effectiveness if Coaching for College Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. College of education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  JST Coaching, LLC. ( 2009). Coaching Teens and College Students with AD/HD. Training through the Edge Foundation.  Quinn, P., M.D., Ratey, N., Ed.M., MCC & Maitland, T., Ph.D. (2000) Coaching College Students with AD/HD: issues and answers. Washington, DC: Advantage Books, Print.

30 Other Resources  Barkley, R., Murphy, D. & Fischer, M. (2008). ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says. New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Print.  Dendy, C. D., M.A. (2002, February). Five Components of executive Function and a Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD; Advice from Young Survivors. Attention Magazine,  King, J., Ph.D., M.C.C. (2006,December). How to Become a Critical Consumer of Neuroscience Research. Paper presented at the annual international conference for the International Coach Federation, Orlando, FL.


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