Parent Resources

Resources at this page are for parents. Here you’ll find advice and tips from other parents.

Learning and Attention Issues

Understood: This site was developed with the goal of assisting parents of  children, ages 3–20, who struggle with learning and attention issues. Resources found the site are selected to help parents understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. General categories include: Learning and Attention issues, School and Learning, Friends and Feelings, You and Your Family, and Community and Events.

8 Simple Ways Parents Can Teach Kids to Get Organized: Children and teens with ADHD and other learning difficulties typically have trouble with organization, time  management, and transitioning to living independently. They need specific training on how to manage those skills, which are crucial for college and beyond. But, to varying degrees, nearly all young people have trouble with these issues says Elizabeth C. Hamblet, a consultant and  learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skill

Parent to Parent

An Open Letter to Parents of Students with Disabilities About to Enter College: Letter to parents from a professional who has worked with students with disabilities at the college level for more than 30 years, who, in this letter writes as a parent – to other parents, as someone who shares all their anxieties about their child with a disability going off to college.

Transition to College

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College – Parent Edition:  It’s common to assume that the major obstacle in adjusting to campus life will be academic. However, research shows that emotional issues are most likely to interfere with success at college Whether a student needs assistance in picking a school that is the best fit,  or is  looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or wants guidance in making a smooth transition, this site has helpful  tools and information. The Transition Year site is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Helping Your Student with Disabilities Prepare for the Future: . . . As a professor and researcher in special education, I’ve worked with many students with disabilities transitioning to college. The ones who are typically most successful after high school are the ones who were prepared to be strong self-advocates, who could seek out needed services and supports, and who could manage the multiple demands of being independent.