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Book Review: The Highly Sensitive Per...

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You Reviewed by Christine Koslosky This intriguing book was loaned to me by Janus teacher Debbie Staudt, who thought she recognized in it something previously unnoticed or overlooked in some of our students. Dr. Aron defines the trait of HSP partly by defining what it’s not: it’s not shyness. It’s not anxiety. It’s not fearfulness. It’s not high intelligence. It does, however, often co-exist with all the above. It is a personality type that is defined by the following: conscientiousness; carefulness and vigilance; intuition and creativity; ability to spot […]

Transition Portfolio: Preparing Your ...

By Ginger Goudie Much of what we have shared in these articles in about preparing the student to be independent in a post-secondary setting: managing time, making day to day choices, advocating for himself to receive accommodations, following through on the use of supports, etc. One final way of preparing the student to function effectively and independently is to assist him in preparing a “manual” for transition issues. This manual can be a “go-to” for study strategies, a reference for how to carry out certain tasks, a collection of work that can serve as a model to follow, and documentation […]

Making the Right College Choice: Prep...

By Ginger Goudie A quick search on the College Navigator website yielded a list of 412 colleges in Pennsylvania. Where to begin?? This government sponsored website provides information about almost every college in the United States, regardless of affiliation, cost, degrees offered, etc. It provides several questions about school characteristics that guide you to filter your search. The information provided includes courses of study, breakdown of students by gender, race, course of study, time it takes to complete degrees, cost, location, sports, staff/student ratio….. all information that can help a student and family decide if it is a school worth investigating […]

College Accommodations: Preparing You...

By Ginger Goudie One of the large projects of our Senior Transition class is to develop disclosure scripts for seeking accommodations in a variety of settings, including college and work. Each student in the class begins by developing a list of strengths, as well as a graphic organizer that includes areas of difficulty and specific strategies that they use in an academic setting to support themselves in difficult academic tasks. Then, research for reasonable accommodations is completed using the Job Accommodation Network. Finally, this information is used to develop a script for a discussion with Disability Services to request accommodations […]

Survival Skills: Preparing Your Stude...

By Ginger Goudie The college learning environment is vastly different from what most students experience in a high school setting. College texts are written at a higher level, requiring that the student use strategies to identify main idea and key information, think critically about the content, and then apply the information in class discussion or to support a written thesis. College classes meet less frequently, and require more preparation and study outside of class. (A common expectation for typical students is 2 hours of independent work for each hour of class. Many students with learning differences find that more independent […]

Book Review: Daring Greatly by Brené ...

Reviewed by Christine Koslosky Dr. Brené Brown has some pretty daring ideas. Her book takes its name from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, in which the President claimed that it was not the critic who counts, but rather “the man in the arena,” the person who is hands-on in the full battle of life, dirtied with dust and sweat and blood, actually taking risks and living each moment to the fullest.  This is the person who, even if he fails, at least does so while “daring greatly.” And Dr. Brown, through her many years of practice […]

Self-Management: Preparing Your Stude...

By Ginger Goudie Do you remember the first time you realized you were truly “on your own”, responsible for making your own choices and decisions? It can be an overwhelming, scary experience. For students transitioning to college – especially if they are living away from home – development of self-management skills is at least as important as academic preparation. Even students who are living at home experience a huge increase in independence and a new level of expected responsibility. Self-management is the joining of self-determination and self-advocacy skills (Hamblet, 2011). When we speak of self-determination in the Senior Transition class, […]

Part 2: Preparing Your Student for a ...

By Ginger Goudie In preparing your son/daughter for a successful transition to college, it is important to make sure they understand both their rights and responsibilities as a student with a learning difference. As mentioned in the previous article, once a student is a high school graduate, their rights to receiving accommodations are guaranteed through the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires demonstration of eligibility. It is up to the student to disclose their disability in an appropriate manner to the appropriate persons. When this is done, the law insures that students with learning differences receive the same access to […]