College Prep: How a Parent Should Help

College-bound ADHD teens need a crash course in managing meds, staying organized, and keeping it together for class. Parental planning could make the difference between passing and failing.

Talk Through a Plan to Get Organized Before It Becomes a Problem

Is a coach or tutor helping your teen stay organized in high school? If so, can he get the same kind of assistance in college? The Office of Disability Services can possibly work with him on assignments, especially projects and term papers.

But what about getting up on time, doing laundry, or socializing? There's no easy answer. Start by discussing your concerns with someone at the Office of Disability Services. What can they do? Whom would they suggest to help? Some students rely on Resident Assistants in dormitories to create structure for them.

Talk about possible problems with your teen. If he oversleeps, how will he deal with this? If you wake him up to go to high school, have him take over this job in his senior year, not in the fall of his freshman year at college. Until you are sure that he has solved the problem, ask if he will let you call to wake him up. While you're at it, ask him if it would be OK to nag him about laundry.

Preparing your teen for college is the most effective way you can help him succeed when he gets there.

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