There are 2 types of college students with ef challenges: Those that are actually ready to take the action, and those that are not. Here I’ll break down my key ideas that help evaluate college support programs for adhd, 2e, or other students with executive functioning struggles.
Here’s the note that inspired this video: “Hi Seth! Not sure if you will see this but it’s worth a shot. I’m a pediatric OT and mother of two 2 e kids. I’ve been following you for years and your strategies have been so so helpful. My kids are getting ready for college and we are trying to figure out which colleges on the east coast truly have 2e support and which are just fluff. Do you have a list you trust or a go to? I have found several but they are very vague and I don’t have any way to really evaluate them. Any help would be SOOOOO appreciated. Also, thanks for sharing your story. I realized that I’m also 2e and had a very similar experience in college. Thank you for all you are doing to help our kids!”
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This was helpful but WHERE do we even look to find an EF coach for a teen boy? We need someone who will meet in person. Google has failed us and we have no leads.
Lisa magel says
Hi! There is a great resource here, of trained coaches. https://www.adhdcoaches.org/find-your-coach
Look for those that specialize in Teens. ADDCA Graduates who have completed the ADDCA Family course are also trained for children, teens and students.
Related question – how do you know if your kid is ready for college?
Anxious Parent says
Thanks so much for this – it’s exactly what I needed to hear!
My 2+E child is about to start college in the fall, and I’ve been wondering if they’re really ready for college. The big question is, if they’re NOT ready to start college this year, what’s the alternative? Is it better for kids who aren’t college-ready to find a job for a year or two? But won’t that also make it harder for them to go back to learning, especially if they have multiple LDs?
Allyson Stone says
Hey Seth, Thank you so much for all the experience and wisdom you share. This makes total sense to me. I am wondering what your thoughts are in how to meaningfully fill that gap between a high school grad/teen who is not quite ready for college while also not enabling them to play video games in their bedroom for years. Obviously, some work would be in order, Outward Bound, travel, college bridge program, paintball (: but as a parent, what do I ask to keep them on a trajectory of becoming independent adults? Rent? Timelines? I have a kid who is super smart and very aware of all going around him. When I talk to him about the future and housing, he says, “How could my generation expect his generation to afford housing due to how expensive it has become?” etc etc. His Dad is neurodiverse and is dependent economically, living in “my” household all these years doing his woodworking but not contributing to housing costs, utilities, refusing to get a second, part-time job to help finances, etc. His Dad tends to be a glass half empty guy, dysthymic, anxious, along with ASD (he has never owned up to it), ADHD (again he’s never owned up to it), and dyslexia. It’s a tough balance between encouraging my son along while letting him be and develop at his own pace ….. Thanks, Allyson