Using a readiness survey and handy worksheets, On Your Own will help you get ready for your first years away from home. Inside, you'll find easy-to-use advice and strategies that will allow you to map out a plan and cultivate the skills you'll need to succeed in college.

On Your Own is loaded with tips and resources to further assist you in creating a personalized plan and center on developing three crucial skill areas:

  • Self-determination skills (advocacy, management, communication)
  • Daily living skills (self-care, organization, life balance)
  • Academic skills (self-knowledge, study habits, time management)

With this guide, you'll learn just what you need to do to succeed in college.

Now is the perfect time to get ready!

About the Authors

Patricia O. Quinn, MD, is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, DC, and has authored several best-selling and groundbreaking books on ADHD. Dr. Quinn 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.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, is the Coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD, a program in the Learning Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Maitland specializes in preparing individuals with ADHD/LD for life after high school.

About the Illustrator
Bryan Ische is a freelance illustrator and designer currently living and operating out of Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration. He does his best to enjoy the things that come and try not to forget the things that pass.
Reviews & Awards
  • Mom's Choice Award for Young Adult Books - College Guides (Gold)

On Your Own does a great job of distinguishing the demands of high school and college — and offers ways to bridge the gap. Quinn and Maitland are ultrapractical: They ask college-bound readers to complete check-lists, develop goals, create an action plan, and come up with a system that will help them track their progress. In other words, they give high school seniors a recipe for success. This is a wonderful resource to give to incoming freshmen in your life.

On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens With ADHD/LD is a powerful catalyst for teens with ADHD/LD to become proactive about the daunting yet thrilling life changes faced while transitioning to college. As a college student with attentional and learning disabilities, I understand and have experienced the importance of college readiness firsthand and can say that all teens, not only teens with ADHD/LD, can greatly benefit from the guidance this book provides.
—Hannah Jaegers, college sophomore

This book provides excellent information for both kids with and without ADHD/LD entering college. From study habits to social skills this book provides an all inclusive guide to the transition to college. Even as a graduating senior I found useful tips and suggestions. I wish I had a book similar to this when I began my own college career. A must read for any child headed to college!
—Catherine Schenck, college senior