I’ve been feeling guilty about ignoring the issues that college-bound students with learning disabilities face. Let’s just say it’s been on my to-do list.
I was happy, however, when I discovered a story that Kim Clark, my friend over at US News, wrote that contained tips for teenagers with learning disabilities.
What follows are some of Clark’s tips for learning disabled teenagers heading to college.
1. Don’t automatically put students with learning issues into the easiest classes in high school. Students who skip classes like Algebra II and Chemistry can have a harder time getting into a four-year college and they could find college work too difficult.
2. Explore using software and high-tech gadgets that can make college easier for students whether they are learning disabled or not. One gadget that I’m particularly interested in is the Livescribe smart pen. I read a lengthy article about this pen in The New York Times in the fall and I’m getting this for my son for Christmas. Here’s the article: The Pen That Never Forgets.
3. Prepare your child to be proactive. Colleges typically don’t provide special services unless students speak up.
4. Read. Get started with these three books on learning disabilities:
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller and a workbook, Shrinking the Cost of College: 152 Ways to Cut the Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree. Follow her on Twitter.