The process of getting into college can seem overwhelming, especially for a student who hasn’t had a traditional education. At The Aspire Group, we follow a holistic approach to the college process which includes, most importantly, getting to know the student not only as an academic student but as a person with interests and passions. Counseling students with or without a learning challenge is about the process that makes that student feel comfortable and supported as they move forward toward this next big step in their life. We help with generating a balanced list of schools, writing essays, documenting accommodations, filling out the application and improving interviewing skills. When we take the time at the start of the process to discover our student’s hopes and dreams, then we can begin to outline a vision of the future.
Resource & Reference Guide
Imy Wax is the co-author of The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, published by Random House/Princeton Review, the 14th edition will be released in the Spring of 2019. Imy’s successful resource guide has been used by professionals for 28 years as an indispensable source for information on admission requirements and graduation policies for students with Learning Differences, ADHD, and/or ASD. Having Imy as a college counselor for your child, especially one who learns “outside the box” is a huge advantage!
If college is not the right next step for the immediate future, then possibly a gap year program may be a successful alternative. Some students experienced tremendous academic success, but have no idea what to do with their future, so they want time to “figure it out” before continuing with school. Other students are simply burnt-out and have no brain power left to focus on college immediately, and want a “breather.” Some students didn’t test well or didn’t perform well academically and are looking for a positive experience to supplement their application. Other students simply want a year off to explore the world and their own self. Gap programs vary tremendously in length, focus, location, cost, communication with parents, and objectives, so it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one is the best of a particular student. The Aspire Group helps examine and review various programs, to provide information for our clients to select one that will match particular goals.
These private programs are designed for adults with differing abilities to live independently due to cognitive, neurological or mental health impairments. Most offer an array of case management services to assist residents with job coaching, independent living skills, financial management and recreational activities. All programs provide a sense of community, respect and support for adults who may need longer-term assistance.