Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen With ADHD or LD for College

Pages: 208, Black & white
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Item #: 441B063
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0891-3
List Price: $19.95
Copyright: 2011
Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Using college readiness surveys and handy worksheets, Ready for Take-Off teaches you how to promote self-determination, academic, and daily living skills in your teen — skills needed to succeed in college and in life.

Inside you will learn to

  • evaluate your parenting approach and adjust to a coaching style;
  • identify skills your teen needs to develop to successfully transition to college;
  • learn how to have empowering conversations with your teen; and
  • create a readiness plan to allow your teen to slowly and systematically get ready for college.

With this guide, you will become skilled at coaching and boost your teen's college readiness. So, let's go! Are you ready for take-off?

About the Authors

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland is currently the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD, which is a program in the Learning Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been on the staff at UNC-CH 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. 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).

Prior to joining the staff at UNC, 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 and national presentations on topics related to teaching and parenting children, adolescents and young adults with these challenges.

Dr. Maitland has a private practice that allows her to function as a professional coach and a consultant who specializes in issues related to the preparation of individuals with learning differences for life after high school. She has coauthored a book titled Coaching College Students With ADHD: Issues and Answers with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey.

Patricia O. Quinn, MD, is a developmental pediatrician with over 30 years experience in private practice in Washington, DC. In 1997, she cofounded the National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD, where she is currently director.

Dr. Quinn is a well-known international speaker and conducts workshops nationwide about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (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 Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Hall of Fame Award.

Reviews & Awards
  • Mom's Choice Award for Parenting Book - Special & Exceptional Needs (Gold)
  • An Honors NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Winner

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