Last fall I interviewed mother Susan Hyatt about her son launching and starting college at an out of state school and how that transition happened. This episode is also about the transition to college for a differently-wired student, but from the point of view of an educator and consultant who specializes in helping atypical kids be successful before, during, and after this transition.

My guest is Elizabeth Hamblet. Elizabeth began her career as a high school special education teacher and case manager, and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College and Rutgers University. She is now a learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills. She also offers programs to families and professionals on transition to college for students with disabilities, speaking locally and at national conferences. This is a jam-packed episode with lots of insights and takeaways from Elizabeth. And no matter how old your differently wired child is, there a lot of food for thought.

>>Click here to watch my After the Show video about this episode!<<

 

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth C. Hamblet has worked both ends of the college transition. She began her career as a high school special education teacher and case manager, and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College and Rutgers University. She is now a learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills. In 2008, Elizabeth began offering programs to families and professionals on transition to college for students with disabilities, speaking locally and at national conferences. In addition to being a requested presenter, she is also a contributing writer for Disability Compliance for Higher Education, a journal for higher education disability professionals, and her work has appeared in the Journal of College AdmissionTeaching Exceptional ChildrenAttentionRaising Teens, and Career Development for Exceptional Individuals. The second edition of her book on transition, From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities, was published by the Council for Exceptional Children in 2017, and her laminated guide on this topic is available from National Professional Resources. In addition to her publicly-oriented work, Ms. Hamblet does testing and consults to families on issues relating to transition to college for students with learning disabilities and ADD.

 

THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • The real story behind if, and how, colleges and universities support their differently wired students
  • The difference between accommodations and services in the university setting
  • Whether or not universities recognize IEPs and 504 Plans
  • How to find the best university for your child when it comes to how well their needs will be supported
  • How students can best set themselves up for success throughout the application process
  • What Elizabeth says are the most important factors for ensuring a successful transition from high school to college
  • What parents with younger children can be working on today to support this transition in the future

 

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