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It is late summer.  Now is the time when parents are packing up their high school graduates and taking them to college or technical school. Who are the students with LD/ADHD who successfully graduated from high school, and will pursue additional education or training? These students have overcome significant obstacles. The most recent report (2017) on The State of Learning Disabilities Executive-Summary indicates that only 71 percent of students with LD/ADHD graduate from high school with a diploma! This is ten percentage points less than the national average.

Some clues about these students are discussed in “Student Voices: of “A Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues” published on the National Center for Learning Disorders website:

The study reports that successful young adults with LD/ADHD have the following in common:

  • A supportive home life
  • Self-confidence
  • A strong connection to friends and their community

What does it mean to provide a supportive home life? How can we help our children develop self confidence when they face daily academic and social challenges in school?  While we are busy helping with homework and providing encouragement, is it possible to also provide experiences that promote comfort in social situations? Future blogs will discuss how we can shepherd our children with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD through elementary and high school toward successful young adulthood.

On October 3, 2019, Springer School and Center is joining with Cincinnati Children’s to screen the documentary, “Normal Isn’t Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD.” The film features stories of successful young people with LD and ADHD. The filmmaker, Krys Kornmeier’s purpose in making the film was to inspire young people, their families and teachers to persevere.  For more information visit:  www.Springer-LD.org/normalisntreal.

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann at mmulcahey@springer-ld.org.

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