Does your teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) plan to attend college? Is he or she ready to make the transition from high school? According to Department of Education statistics, only 54 percent of all students who start college receive a degree within six years. According to the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, only 28 percent of students who start college with diagnosed disabilities, including dyslexia and ADD/ADHD, complete their degree. Although good grades in high school and healthy SAT scores are predictors of success, other factors are key to doing well in college.
Landmark College has identified five areas that appear to influence academic success in college.
Academic skills: The ability to read and write with little assistance.
Your child should be able to read a number of pages in a textbook and comprehend what the author is saying. She should be able to write an organized paper using two or more sources. She should also have a system for taking notes in class and preparing for tests. Children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability should receive psycho-educational testing in the junior or senior year of high school, in order to know their academic potential.
This article comes from the Winter 2010 issue of ADDitude. To read this issue of ADDitude in full, buy the back issue.