A gap year is an experiential year typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness. A gap year can be especially important and beneficial for students with ADHD. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about a gap year for your ADHD teen.
ADHD and college: a challenge you can handle
Do you get an anxious feeling when you think about school? Going to college is an adjustment for anyone, but when you have ADHD, the challenges are that much greater. However, college is a challenge you can handle if you go armed with the knowledge of a few extra things you can do to make sure your college experience is everything you hope it will be.
Do you have the 4 student qualities for success?
Successful students usually have four qualities that help them achieve their goals:
1. Sticking with things even when the going gets tough ( a.k.a. perseverance),
2. Ability to delay gratification and focus on the big picture,
3. Time management and organizational skills, and
4. Striking the right balance between fun and work.
Are you feeling discouraged already? No surprise. These particular skills don’t come easily to students with ADHD. Organizational problems, impulsivity and time management issues are actually the hallmarks of living with ADHD. You think, “If I just get this special planner, I’ll never forget anything again.” Or you promise yourself, “Next time I’m going to start working on my class reading at the beginning of the term instead of cramming right before finals.” It’s so easy to think, “If I just make myself do this… it’ll be fine.” But what if we told you that making yourself do it is the totally wrong approach?
Read more at: Your guide for college success
Financial scholarships for college students are wonderful, but they don’t ensure successful completion and graduation. That’s why we provide Edge Coaches to support scholarship recipients as a form of scholarship insurance.
The Shire Scholarship Program
Since 2011, the Edge Foundation has partnered with Shire PLC who provides scholarships for college students with ADHD. Shire U.S., Inc. funds the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship program, which is for residents of the United States who are under the care of a licensed health care professional for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and have been accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate programs at accredited colleges, universities, trade schools, technical schools, or vocational schools located in the US.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship awards recipients in the U.S. $2,000 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education. A similar program, operated by Shire Canada offers Canadian students $1,500 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation. In May 2016, fifty-five scholarships were awarded in the U.S. and six scholarships were awarded in Canada..
The scholarship application process for 2017 opens in December, 2016, and the application process closes in March, 2017. To learn more about the Shire Scholarship program or for help with the application process, contact:
Denise von Pressentin
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If you are an organization, institution or individual who provides financial scholarships to college students, and are interested in providing funds for Edge Coaches to support those students, please contact:
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Sink or Swim?
Congratulations on having a student who is ready for college! You are one of the lucky few – only 22% of high school students with ADHD go on to attend college. For most parents of students with ADHD it’s been a long journey getting here and you probably don’t feel out of the woods yet.
- Are you looking for a supportive college environment for a student with ADHD?
- Are you worried what will happen when your child leaves the structure and accountability of high school and home?
- Perhaps you’re concerned they’ll be swept up by the freewheeling life of college – and you know that having access to a tutoring center or getting extended time on their tests won’t be enough to help your student succeed on his or her own.
Read on! You aren’t alone.
Every parent faces the joys and worries that come with pushing their young adult child out of the nest. But for the parent of a student with ADHD, the fear lies in knowing their child is totally in charge of making all of their own decisions in college – and is sometimes a recipe for disaster. In fact, research has shown that as few as 5% of ADHD students who enter college end up graduating. The Edge Foundation knows how to help ADHD students be successful and we have facilitated a two year scientific study to prove* that our model works. Find out today how Edge Foundation can help your son or daughter succeed in college.
ADHD Students are “At Risk” Students
Students with ADHD are vulnerable because ADHD impacts the higher portion of the brain that regulates executive functioning. ADHD students usually have executive function deficits in attention, planning and organization, prioritization, impulse control, memory, time management, and higher-order conceptual thinking. Executive functioning levels are well known by researchers to be a an important part of academic success. Experts agree that successful students usually have four qualities that help them achieve their goals:
- Sticking with things even when the going gets tough (perseverance),
- Ability to delay gratification and focus on the big picture,
- Time management and organizational skills, and
- Striking the right balance between fun and work.
If your student has weaknesses in at least one of these areas, they may be at risk to struggle with their ADHD in college. ADHD students don’t have to be “at risk” students. An Edge Coach can help teach the very skills your student needs to be successful in school.
Broaden Your Options
When your student works with an Edge Coach, the options of where to go to school broaden. You no longer have to find a school that caters to ADHD because your student can bring their support system with them! An Edge Coach can help your student
- Get better organized,
- Achieve personal goals,
- Effectively manage time, and
- Stick with things when the going gets rough.
Get Started Early
Students with ADHD shouldn’t have to fail before they get support. Students and their families should think about getting started with a coach even before college begins. Many students find they have a first rough term. But for students with ADHD, it is surprisingly easy to fall behind and poor, or even failing, first-term grades can be a devastating blow to self-esteem and confidence. Or perhaps your college student has already experienced these challenges. It’s not too late to have an Edge coach help them get back on track. Our recently completed research* shows students who receive coaching have substantial gains in their overall approaches to learning — in other words, they become more effective students! Would you like to learn more about the techniques the research proves helps students succeed? There’s no obligation if you call us (1-888-718-8886) or sign up today to find out more about how ADHD coaching can make the difference between success and failure in school.
Choose Your School Carefully
If you still feel like you want to look into schools that are focused towards learning disabilities and ADHD, here are two references that can help you choose a school that will fit your needs. But remember, very few colleges and universities will offer personal coaching. The skills your student needs won’t be taught in the tutoring center or helped with extended time taking tests.
- Peterson’s Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD
- K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, 10th Edition
Coaching Helps Students Succeed
Edge Foundation’s research study offers hope for students with ADHD because it definitively links coaching to improved Executive Functioning. And improved Executive Functioning means more success in school. ADHD students who participated in Edge coaching sessions demonstrated statistically significant, higher Executive Functioning than ADHD students who did not receive coaching. * Coaching has long been used by the corporate world to improve performance of CEOs and executives, but little study had been done until now on the impact this particular kind of intervention has on those living with ADHD. While medication can improve academic productivity (better note-taking, scores on quizzes and worksheets, and homework completion), medication alone is not associated with skills like better organization, time management, or the ability to apply knowledge, all of which are critical in a successful post secondary education. Coaching will! If you’re still on the fence about whether or not your student needs an Edge coach, today is the day to take the first step. If you need a little more convincing before you sign up, why not download our free guide to college success?