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Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College [Paperback]

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland , Patricia O. Quinn
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November 16, 2010 1433808919 978-1433808913 1
In todays world, getting accepted to college is only half of the battle. Staying in there is another matter altogether. And for students ADHD or learning disabilities, staying, thriving, and graduating from college can be very challenging even for the most academically prepared students. Ready for Take-Off lays out a plan to keep students with ADHD or LD in college by first teaching parents to prepare their teen for take-off and their first solo flight away from the home. This essential resource encourages parents to adopt a unique coaching-style approach in their parenting and urges parents to stop micromanaging their teens day-to-day life. Using college readiness surveys and handy worksheets, parents can objectively determine if they areplaying a productive or nonproductive role in their teenagers life and learn ways to promote self-determination, daily living and academic skills by using the time in high school to help their teen be ready for take-off in their teen while their teen is still in high school.

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Sending an ADHD child off to college can be terrifying. Ready for Take-Off provides a practical, down-to-earth game plan that allows parents and kids to make the break with maximum success and minimal disruption. This book tells parents exactly what to do and-just as important-what not to do! --Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, author, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 and Surviving Your Adolescents

Ready For Take-Off is the indispensable guide for teens with ADHD and their parents in making the transition to college and then managing college well. Written by real pro's in the ADHD field, this book is practical, useful, needed, and utterly reliable. I recommend it highly! --Edward Hallowell, MD; Harvard Medical School; founder, The Hallowell Centers; author, Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption

An Honors NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Winner, 2010. "Fills the huge gap that suddenly appears between the parental involvement (and sometimes micro-managing) of high school, and the independence of college." --National Parenting Publications Awards, 2010

About the Author

Patricia O. Quinn, MD, is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, DC. Dr. Quinn obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. She completed a pediatric internship at Georgetown University Medical Center, a pediatric fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Georgetown Hospital, and a Pediatric Level 2 residency at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Quinn is a well-known international speaker and conducts workshops nationwide about ADHD, and has authored several best-selling and groundbreaking books on the topic. In the last decade, she has devoted her attention professionally to the issues confronting girls and women with ADD (ADHD) with a particular interest on the relationship of a mother and child with ADHD. She also feels a strong commitment to working with teenagers and college students with ADHD, helping them to identify and manage issues specific to their age group. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, is currently the Coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been on the staff at UNC since 1994. It is Dr. Maitland's passion to work with individuals with learning, attention and emotional challenges so they can turn those challenges into gifts. Prior to joining the staff at LDS, she worked as a special class teacher at all grade levels, a college professor, an in-service trainer, and a clinician.

In 1984, Dr. Maitland helped develop a unique, private, multidisciplinary clinic for individuals with cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. Throughout her career, Dr. Maitland has conducted numerous local workshops and national presentations on topics related to teaching and parenting children, adolescents and young adults with these challenges.

Since 1996 Dr. Maitland and her colleagues at UNC have been studying the field of professional coaching and its application to college students with special learning needs. As a result, in 2003 she became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).

Dr. Maitland has a private practice which allows her to function as a professional coach and a consultant who specializes in working with teens and adults with learning, attention and emotional challenges and their families. She has co-authored a book titled Coaching College Students with ADHD: Issues and Answers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Press; 1 edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433808919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433808913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Micromanaging; Start Coaching September 19, 2011
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Is your child bright enough for college but needs your help to get through the daily grind of high school? Do you worry whether she or he will thrive on campus alone? Me, too. That's why it was such a relief to find this book. _Ready for Take-Off_ provides a checklist of specific college survival skills and advice on coaching your child to acquire them. Dr. Maitland's goal is to help you gradually put your teen in charge of managing his or her own life so the transition to college will go more smoothly. I wish schools would put this book in the hands of all parents of teens with ADD or LD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful resource for parents, strongly recommended January 17, 2011
With college, focus is more important than ever. "Ready for Take-off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College" is a guide for parents who want to prepare their children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities get the full benefits of their college education, to succeed and get their diploma to be prepared for adult life. "Ready for Take-Off" is a useful resource for parents, strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide November 8, 2013
By T. Luce
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Good to read, best to buy in the senior year of high school though. It has a lot of great information about things to do to prepare them to leave, but that those need to be started long before you pack the car. I wish we would have read it earlier as many of the challenges that she warns about have presented themselves in our college freshman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips November 8, 2012
By oflynch
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Even though my child was already in college, I found this book to be extremely helpful and informative. I wish I had come across it earlier, but glad I found it when I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for take-off September 10, 2012
By Sarah
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This was a great book for helping your teen set goals and plan the future . Gives examples on how to talk to them and couch them, and have them think for themselves . It was very helpful for teens in high school..
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