The College Try: Helping ADHD Teens Succeed in College

Use these strategies to give your ADHD student the skills, independence, resources, and motivation he needs to make the grade at college.


Filed Under: ADHD and College, Teens and Tweens with ADHD, ADHD in High School
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Find a Point Person

"When you research prospective colleges, find out if there is enough on-campus support to help your student with the transition," advises Thum. "Be sure that a dean, a counselor, an ADHD coach, or someone in the disabilities office is tuned in to the problems that ADHD students face," he says. The student, not the parent, should contact this point person during the junior or senior year of high school.

Before starting the first semester, your son should talk with the contact person about the accommodations he will need— and the backup documentation that is required to get them. Thum also advises students to "find someone in the campus infirmary or health clinic who can meet with him once or more a semester to do a med check." Students who continue taking ADHD medication in college need to adjust the dosage to accommodate new academic demands—two-hour-long lecture classes, for instance.

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