Lee specializes in high school-to-college transitions, ensuring students with learning disabilities are well prepared and ready for successful collegiate careers. She helps students:
- Learn study skills and organizational systems to enhance academic success
- Increase self-advocacy skills
- Understand the process of getting accommodations on ACT and SAT
- Be ready for independent living
- Present their academic highs and lows in an admission essay
- Gain comfort in describing the student’s learning disability/ADHD and why the student’s accommodations are academic necessities
- Assess the disability support services at different colleges
- Know what questions to ask when visiting a college
- Understand the benefits of using technology tools to enhance reading, writing, note-taking, studying, and test-taking
- Build a new support network before arriving on move-in day
Lee writes about high school to college transition and presents at conferences and workshops. Her publication Keys to a Successful High School-to-College Transition has been well received by parents, high school college counselors, college staff, and other experts in fields related to Learning Disabilities and ADHD. Lee is particularly knowledgeable about transition for students with dyslexia.
In addition to high school to college transition, Lee works with families to help their children have positive academic experiences by learning:
- Where to find resources to help their child
- How to communicate with teachers
- How to manage the paper trail of documentation, forms, IEPs, e-mails, reports, and letters
- What parenting strategies will work best with their child
- What to anticipate as their child transitions from elementary school to junior high school, to high school, and on to college.
Lee provides each family with articles, websites, referrals for specific needs, planning guides, and customized worksheets to ensure that the student’s educational experience is not adversely affected by his or her learning disability/ADHD.
For parents of children with learning disabilities/ADHD, the questions are endless. And navigating this complex journey is much like aiming at a moving target. Just when you think you have it figured out, things change. There are new issues, new challenges, new questions.
Lee helps parents and students:
- Anticipate and plan for new experiences, situations, challenges as they transition to new grades and new schools
- Assess the scope and breadth of support services and accommodation policies and procedures at school
- Understand the student’s learning disabilities/ADD, how it impacts the student, what accommodations the student uses, how they benefit the student
- Become more aware of learning styles, strengths, challenges, and how student processes information with goal of promoting student’s self-advocacy skills
- Prepare students for independent living in college by helping parents gradually let go, and giving students the skills to manage their own life (finances, communication with teachers and parents, etc)
- Develop strategies to enhance academics and reduce anxiety
- Learn about services and programs at colleges to provide support for academics and life management
- Build new support networks in college
- Find information and resources to address the specific needs of each student and family
Learning disabilities don’t have to be an obstacle preventing students from being successful at school. With a thorough understanding of what it takes for students to be ready for successful academic careers, students with learning disabilities can make smooth transitions from kindergarten through college, giving them the advantages of a good education.
Lee’s familiarity with what it’s like to parent a child with a learning disability is invaluable in serving as a resource for parents. Because she has personal “in the trenches” experience as a parent, she is understanding, empathetic, and knowledgeable about the journey that families travel ~ and how to make the journey an easier experience for all.
Here are examples of questions parents often ask:
- My child has been assessed with a learning disability. Now what?
- How do I communicate with teachers about my child’s strengths and challenges?
- What’s the difference between an IEP and 504? Does my child need this?
- How can I help my child study for spelling tests?
- Will assistive technology or technology tools make it easier for my child to read, write, take notes, study for tests, do their homework, and organize their day?
- How can I help my child feel more comfortable about his/her learning disability?
- Should my child get a foreign language waiver?
- What kinds of accommodations will help my child, and how do I get them?
- How does my child get accommodations on their college entrance tests?
- Will my child’s learning disability stand in the way of getting into a good college?
- How should my child present his/her learning disability in their college application?
- How do I help my child get ready for college and get into the college of his/her choice?
- How do I make sure my child is ready for college?
- What should my child be doing before they arrive on campus?
Lee’s objective is for students to complete each year of school having increased their academic strengths, self-advocacy skills, self-confidence, independence, and the awareness of who they are and what makes them an important member of their community.
Lee partners with Erika Kluge Frake, an amazing assistive technology educator, to present workshops, conferences, seminars, webinars. Contact Lee if you are interested in having a program customized for your school or community.