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Episode 133: Transitioning from High School to College Specifically for Students with Learning Disabilities

August 2, 2022

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The transition from high school to college can be tough for students, especially for those who have learning differences and need accommodations. On today’s podcast, our Guest Stephanie Mitchell talks to us about what life as a college student looks like and the importance of adapting to its academic and social scene. She also dives into steps that can be taken before college starts in order to make the transition smooth.

Key Takeaways:

  • Take early steps before college to teach your kids how to be self sustainable and successful
  • Make sure your student is able to advocate for themselves in terms of living, classroom, and social situations
  • It is important to let your child gain a sense of independence when they go to school
  • If your student needs accommodations for school, make sure to contact the school’s academic resource office

Important Resources and Links:

Grapevine Educational Consulting

Landmark College’s A Guide to Assessing College Readiness

AIR Self-Determination Assessment

Meet Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie Mitchell is an Independent Educational Consultant and owner of Grapevine Educational Consulting. Her specialty lies in aiding students with learning differences in finding appropriate post-secondary options through a comprehensive and individualized process. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Art History from St. Olaf College and a Master’s in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University. After early experiences in general education, and working in other industries, she decided to return to her calling in education. She worked for 15 years as a decoding and 1-1 remediation teacher at Winston Preparatory School in New York and Connecticut. Notably, she was a proud member of the Leadership Team that started Winston’s Connecticut campus. During her tenure, she successfully placed students in colleges, as well as comprehensive support, transition, and gap year programs. Equally important to her professional experience, Stephanie is the proud mother of two boys who have learning, hearing and attention deficits. She is passionate about applying her expertise and personal experience to help parents and students who are embarking on their journey through the post-secondary transition process. 

Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to talk to us about the transition between high school and college and the different ways that both students and parents can prepare for it. It is important for students to have a sense of responsibility and independence coming into college, which can be taught to them early on at home. This way, your student will be set up for success as they navigate this new chapter in their lives.

Episode 133 Full Transcript

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