College, universities and trade schools that receive state or federal funds are required to have a support program. They offer advocacy for students, guidance for class and professor selection and give additional instruction for classes. Seminars to improve reading, writing and math skills are available.
College might just be easier than high school for Ryan because he will be taking 4 classes instead of 6. But, time management is the key. Have Ryan go online and check out the services at the colleges he is considering so that he fully benefit from his education.
Many colleges/universities require that the previous testing that documents his need for accommodations be within three years of attending. Also, many universities require specific tests be administered. Go online and look at their requirements. There is also information on the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) website.
I can't begin to tell you how distressing it was for me to meet with parents and their college-bound student whose assessment report had been rejected as being inadequate. It was not my policy to "fix" another clinician's incompetence and was not able to help. Ever. One of the problems is that many tests cannot be repeated within six months of the previous administration in order to avoid the "practice effect" which invalidates the meaningfulness of the results. Evaluations usually cannot be fixed. See how dangerous this is?
Please, please, as much as you possibly can, make sure your clinician has experience with this type of evaluation. Get the list of tests s/he plans to use and compare them to the list you see on the college/university website and the AHEAD website. The report has to be written according to their guidelines, as well, and if not, is likely to be rejected. Colleges/universities have hundreds of assessment reports to review and they need each report to follow a specific format to make the review efficient.
A shaky start to the first year of college is not what you want for your child.
Just do the best you can, Claudia
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