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Before he can choose an appropriate college, your teenager will need to consider—ideally with you and his guidance counselor, teachers, pediatrician, and/or psychologist—which services or accommodations he may need in his new life as an undergraduate.

Services and accommodations for college students with ADHD may include

  • Special orientation programs to introduce students to the institution’s academic structure and available services
  • Specialized academic advisors or counselors to help students identify the classes, professors, class load, and even the major best suited to their interests and needs
  • Priority scheduling to allow students to sign up for the most appropriate classes at the most appropriate times of day
  • Reduced course loads, which prevents students with ADHD from becoming overwhelmed (A reduced course load may mean that the student will have to make up credits during summer school or a fifth year.)
  • A private dormitory room for students who may find the presence of a roommate too distracting or disruptive
  • Math laboratories, writing workshops, computer laboratories, and reading courses to supplement and improve basic academic skills
  • Specialized tutoring for students with ADHD—emphasizing organizational and planning skills and effective study techniques, as well as help with specific coursework and examination preparation
  • A “personal coach” to check in with the student each day, reviewing his schedule for the day and the work she expects to accomplish
  • Classroom technology, such as laptop computers, tape recorders, videos, and other recording aids, to facilitate students’ ability to retain and review the information in classroom lectures
  • Academic aides, including in-class note-takers and homework editors
  • Special testing arrangements, such as untimed examinations or testing in a separate, quiet room
  • Advocates to help communicate a student’s diagnosis and needs to professors when appropriate and to help him obtain needed services
  • Support groups or contact with other students with ADHD who can provide companionship, emotional support, and information
  • Career guidance and mentoring for students with ADHD

 

Last Updated
10/21/2014
Source
ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.