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Listen to “Life Skills Every High School Student Should Learn Before Graduation” with Theresa E. Maitland, Ph.D.

Research shows that students who learn to advocate for themselves in high school are more likely to succeed in college. Tune in to hear as Theresa E. Maitland, Ph.D., describes how to help your teen understand her needs, learn what to ask for, and how to ask effectively.

A group of multietnic students celebrating their graduation by throwing caps in the air closeup. Education, qualification and gown concept.
A group of multietnic students celebrating their graduation by throwing caps in the air closeup. Education, qualification and gown concept.

Listen to “Life Skills Every High School Student Should Learn Before Graduation” with Theresa E. Maitland, Ph.D.

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Research shows that students who learn to advocate for themselves in high school are more likely to succeed in college. Unfortunately, families spend far more time and money researching and touring colleges than they do developing the advocacy skills that will help their teens thrive there.

High school is the time to learn the self advocacy skills that are key to success in college and in life. In this webinar Theresa Maitland will focus on what you can do during high school to help your child understand his or her needs,, what to ask for,  how to ask effectively and how to handle situations when he or she doesn’t get what they want.

Sending a teen with learning differences to college without the skills to recognize her needs — and to assertively ask that they be met — is a recipe for problems. In life after high school it will be up to the student, not her parents, to take charge of setting up and managing classroom accommodations.

Listener testimonials:

  • “I always enjoy Theresa Maitland, Ph.D., and her work. Thank you, this was very helpful for a parent who has a child in college who has ADHD/learning disability.”
  • “Very timely and very helpful. Has given me ideas on preparation for this year’s annual IEP meeting from a self advocacy standpoint for our 8th grader. Self advocacy has been an IEP goal the past year, so I want to see how we can move the needle this year!”
  • “I appreciate the resources and expertise you bring to our attention. It is great to feel ‘normal’ at some level. Thanks for all that you do.”
  • “I found this webinar very helpful. I think I need all the information here and will review it. I’m also downloading the resources. THANK YOU.”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on September 5, 2018. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series. The audio has been captured from live conversations (sometimes over a telephone), not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on April 15, 2020

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