4 Things to Keep in Mind Before Sending Your Teen with ADHD off to College


It won’t be long before recent high school grads will be heading off to college for the first time.  CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) provides a timely article on their website with information  and guidance for parents who have college-bound teens dealing with ADD or ADHD.


1. Plan Ahead: Special ACT and SAT testing accommodations can be made for certain medical conditions. Contact testing agencies well in advance so you can obtain proper approval.

2. Get Your Medical Care Squared Away: If your child is going away to school, make sure they will have proper medical support and funding for health care once they have left home.

3. Know Yourself and Your Medications: Work and school are more demanding than high school. This may not be the best time to try and change medications.

4. Take Your Time: College, unlike high school, can be paced. Take your time and complete the volume of classes that works best for you.

Click here to read CHADD’s full article.


Teens with AD/HD

Transitions from High School to College or Career

by Edward M. Gotlieb, M.D., FAAP, FSAM

June 2005

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