Executive Function Strategies Blog

When Students with Health Conditions Transition to College

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Annie Tulkin, Founder of Accessible College, where she provides college transition support nationally for students with physical disabilities and health conditions. Please read more about Annie below.

Students with health conditions, including diabetes, epilepsy, mental health conditions, and other chronic health conditions face another layer of planning when transitioning to college. Colleges are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” for students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which are identified by determining the students’ functional limitations. However, these accommodations don’t account for the essential executive functioning skills that students need to develop prior to college in order to self-advocate and successfully manage continuity of care while pursuing higher education.



Time Management Tip: The Unschedule

Whenever I am working with someone on creating a schedule, I always get asked the same question, “Should I add activities that are not related to school or work?”

My answer is always a resounding, “Absolutely!”



Why Our Words Matter to Struggling Students

When I was little, I can remember being told the old adage, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” While I understand that it was meant to encourage me and to make me feel better when someone had said mean words to me, as an adult and as an educator, I now find that phrase a little dishonest. Words have meaning and they can - and do -hurt. But words can also encourage and support, and so I advocate being mindful of the kind of language that we use around our students.



Why Do Gifted Students Often Struggle in School?

School should be easy for a child who is gifted, right? On the surface, that's a simple answer: "Of course!" But if we take a closer look at a typical school experience for a gifted child, we often see some version of the following scenario...