The transition from high school to university is one of the most significant changes during adolescence. When you have ADHD, this transition can prove to be even more challenging. In many cases, the lack of structure and multiple new pressures can intensify ADHD symptoms. A common result is that students become overwhelmed and struggle with the university student lifestyle. I work with students to help create a successful and rewarding experience in the following ways:
In many cases going to university is the first time that your child will make important decisions on a daily basis, without having to factor a parent into the equation. This applies to simple decisions like what they eat for dinner, when they go to sleep, or more significant academic and social issues. I help them see that these decisions can impact their future and should be aligned with their values and long-term goals.
Time management organization & focus
The high intelligence level of many students with ADHD allows them to obtain good marks in high school without proper time-management and planning skills. However, starting assignments a couple nights before they are due is no longer a workable strategy. I teach them how to prioritize and plan their assignments from the time they receive them. I also share strategies to help them start and stay focused on the work that needs to get done. If helpful, I also provide accountability, by having them check in with me in-between sessions.
In university, students are not held accountable for attending classes. If they do not hand in an assignment, there will no teacher trying to figure out what is wrong; there is very little structure and supervision in their lives. I guide students to design a structure that creates balance between their academic responsibilities, health and social lives.
Many long-term friendships and important connections are established in university. It can be a time when your son or daughter is exposed to, and needs to find a way to work with people who have different perspectives. I support their efforts to gain clarity and create strategies that will help them navigate relationship challenges and opportunities.
I have worked with students who have who have experienced a number of challenges:
They felt like an outsider in a unfamiliar environment
Experienced anxiety and/or depression
Struggled with low self esteem
- Obtained poor academic results
How your son or daughter feels about themselves and their experience is crucial to their success in university and throughout their life. I provide them with tools to deal with anxiety and appropriate referrals as needed.