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College Consulting

A Path to College Success

Going to college is the dream of many and higher education should be no less attainable for neurodivergent students, or for those with a diagnosis of a learning disability and/or a related disorder.

 

The college process, however, is getting more and more complex can seem especially overwhelming when adding learning differences to the mix. 

We offer guidance and coaching from the very start, through the application process, until you are on your way as a college freshman. We work closely with students and parents to identify strengths, priorities and preferences, and will help guide the process forward. 

Our goal is for our students to go to a college where they feel accepted, where they can be successful, and to succeed both academically and socially once there. 

This involves:​

  1. Identifying the right school and submit a successful application

  2. Build college readiness skills, like self-advocacy, self-awareness, and communication skills that will help make positive connections with peers, speak with professors, and get the appropriate accommodations

  3. Strengthen executive function skills, to avoid overwhelm with course loads, a new environment, and to start building an independent life

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How do we work?

1.   Free Consultation

2.  Introductory Meeting

3.  College Consulting

During our consultation, you will learn more about how we work and we get to know your family and your needs. We take a personalized approach and together we will determine the next step and what services serve you and your family the best. 

During the introductory meeting, we will meet your student, review their learning history, current accommodations, needs and wants, and assess college readiness skills. Based on the discussions, we recommend next steps. These can include college consulting, college readiness coaching, or alternative paths.

The next step is college consulting. Based on our introductory meeting, we recommend next steps. The college application process can be complex, but we will help keep you on track. We offer individualized services through packages or hourly consulting.

4.  College Readiness Coaching

Depending on needs we have discussed, we design an individualized curriculum for each student, focusing on skills such as self-advocacy, self-awareness, social communication, and executive function focusing on college readiness. 

5.  Review Offers & Enroll

When acceptances have arrived, we can help you review the offers, helping you decide based on scholarships, program options, accommodations and other factors that are uniquely important to you. 

6.  College Freshman Year

This is a big, exciting and scary step for all students, but for students who may have struggled socially or with independence and time management in high school, it can be extra daunting.  We can continue our support through Freshman fall in college, to provide support as needed. 

College List Package

This package provides a customized college list, based on the student's strengths, preferences and needs.  

  • presentation of a customized list of colleges carefully researched based on:

    • student profile

    • learning and academic history

    • support needs

    • strengths, preferences and needs

  • thorough information of each college, including admissions criteria, campus and academic profile​

  • recommendations for how to research colleges, including visits and demonstrated interest

This package is appropriate for students in junior through early senior fall.

Comprehensive College Success Package

This comprehensive, full service package is for families that want experienced guidance from start to finish. This package includes the College List Package, plus: 

  • recommendation for high school courses and extracurriculars

  • project management of applications and suggested timeline

  • essay brainstorming, guidance and review

  • supplemental essays brainstorming, guidance and review

  • guidance for creating a resume

  • interview preparation as appropriate

  • guidance when comparing acceptance offers

  • guidance if waitlisted or deferred

  • guidance for navigation of accommodations and contact with college disability services

  • coaching during freshman fall in college 

  • personalized support to answer any questions that arise

This package can start as early as sophomore fall in high school until spring junior year.

Senior Express Package

 

This package is for high school seniors who have a list of schools they are considering, but need help finalizing their college list and guidance for completing the applications.

  • review of existing college list

  • presentation of additional colleges carefully researched based on:

    • student profile

    • learning and academic history

    • support needs

    • strengths, preferences and needs

  • thorough information of each college, including admissions criteria, campus and academic profile​

  • recommendations for how to research colleges, including visits and demonstrated interest​​

  • overview of the application process

  • recommendations for application strategies and suggested timeline

  • guidance for navigation of accommodations and contact with college disability services

This package expedited and is intended for students entering senior year of high school. 

Hourly College Consulting

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This is a good choice for families who need limited assistance, have specific questions or concerns with regards to college applications. This can include review of college essays or of an existing college list, guidance regarding college accommodations or anything else that you would like assistance with.

 

 Let us know what you need and we can get started!

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