My 19 year old son has ADHD and dyslexia. He was not diagnosed until this month. Needless to say he struggled through high school as a result. He is now on medication to help with his ADHD and wants to attend college to become a teacher. He never had an IEP in high school as the school was not equipped with those resources. How do we go about approaching college and getting him the resources and tools that he needs to be successful? I don’t know where to start.

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

I understand how overwhelming all of this could be for both you and your son. Given his age, the ideal thing would be for him to work with someone who is well versed in teaching the college-age student. He should also work with the disabilities office at his college/university. Given that he has just been diagnosed, I will assume he has a pretty good skill set to have gotten this far in school without anyone picking up on his dyslexia. His profile of strengths and weaknesses will determine what he needs to work on. It's important to be sure he is armed with good study skills, reading comprehension strategies, and test-taking strategies, for example. He needs to know how to write for different purposes. There are a number of areas that could be targeted during intervention.

Here are some links that might be informative.

Link 1 for Reading Comprehension

Link 2 for Test Taking Strategies

Link 3 for Writing

He also needs to learn to assistive technology, which someone could work on with him. Here are some other tools to use. Key will be working with the disability office at school AND working with someone who can help him build his skill set. Start small and build on that.