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Listen to “Life Skills Every High School Student Should Learn Before Graduation” with Theresa E. Maitland, Ph.D.

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Research shows that students who learn to advocate for themselves in high school are more likely to succeed in college. Unfortunately, families spend far more time and money researching and touring colleges than they do developing the advocacy skills that will help their teens thrive there.

High school is the time to learn the self advocacy skills that are key to success in college and in life. In this webinar Theresa Maitland will focus on what you can do during high school to help your child understand his or her needs,, what to ask for,  how to ask effectively and how to handle situations when he or she doesn’t get what they want.

Sending a teen with learning differences to college without the skills to recognize her needs — and to assertively ask that they be met — is a recipe for problems. In life after high school it will be up to the student, not her parents, to take charge of setting up and managing classroom accommodations.

In this episode, learn:

  • What it means to advocate for yourself as a student, including a breakdown of component skills
  • Why these skills should be part of every student’s high school years
  • Real-life examples of how teens with and without these skills navigated life after high school
  • Strategies for developing these skills while a teen is in high school
  • Strategies for coaching your teen and helping him refine his advocacy skills

Recommended resources:

Listener testimonials:

  • “I always enjoy Theresa Maitland, Ph.D., and her work. Thank you, this was very helpful for a parent who has a child in college who has ADHD/learning disability.”
  • “Very timely and very helpful. Has given me ideas on preparation for this year’s annual IEP meeting from a self advocacy standpoint for our 8th grader. Self advocacy has been an IEP goal the past year, so I want to see how we can move the needle this year!”
  • “I appreciate the resources and expertise you bring to our attention. It is great to feel ‘normal’ at some level. Thanks for all that you do.”
  • “I found this webinar very helpful. I think I need all the information here and will review it. I’m also downloading the resources. THANK YOU.”

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Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

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