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Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education with ADHD

teen smiling and holding school books

Whether you choose to pursue post secondary education or join the workforce, adulthood presents many new challenges.

Although transitioning to new stages in life is exciting, everyone will still be under a certain level of stress.

Individuals diagnosed with ADHD may find adjusting to these new changes difficult, with some of them struggling to build and maintain relationships, keeping their anxieties at bay, and finding employment opportunities.

Many people have experienced great success when starting a new chapter in their lives, whereas others have not been as fortunate. Luckily, there are a few key factors that can help ensure a fruitful transition for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Start the Discussion During High School

Post-secondary plans are generally made before students have actually graduated from high school, with most parents beginning to prepare their children for the new transition years in advance.

parent talking to their teen

For parents with a child who’s been diagnosed with ADHD, planning far ahead is a tough task, especially if there are present problems to work through.

In previous years, the parents have been the ones to make most of the decisions for their children, but as they grow older the responsibility shifts, making it essential that a child/teen knows how to take care of themselves.

Begin by having discussions with your children about the new expectations they’ll be held accountable for such as learning to manage time, balance work/school and social lives, and generally becoming more independent.

Take A Step Back

After living their lives being entirely dependent on their parents, teenagers need to learn to do things on their own.

While early adulthood is a time where adolescents explore what the world has to offer, they’ll continue to need their parents in some aspects of their lives. Once the child is beginning to make their transition into adulthood, parents transition into a mentor role rather than an advocate.

This would include giving their kids advice, encouragement, and teaching them some essential skills. However, it’s important to respect their independence and allow them to do things without constant guidance.

Connect Your Child to Helpful Resources

psychologist doing a psychoeducational assessment with teenIf your child has been diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, it’s likely many things have changed, such as their strengths and weaknesses, attention spans, and ability to focus.

When looking at different program choices, employment opportunities, and structures, having an age-appropriate and accurate diagnosis is needed to make informed decisions.

The results yielded by a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment provides valuable information on what resources will benefit your child the most and help them lead successful lives.

Improve Functioning at Home, School, and Work

While transitioning to adulthood comes with a lot of new and exciting changes, there is a need for careful consideration and planning ahead.

Although there is no cure for ADHD, the use of special strategies and coping mechanisms can greatly help individuals overcome some aspects of their diagnosis. Our professional psychologists work together with clients to develop coping strategies and provide support when adapting to life’s challenges.

Reach out to us to learn more about psychoeducational assessments and book your appointment today.