Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College

Oct 2

Hill Learning Center

Dr. Theresa Maitland


  • Darah Whyte
  • 919-719-7561
  • dwhyte@hillcenter.org


Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College

National statistics on college graduation rates suggest that 6 out of every 10 freshman who start college may not graduate or still be enrolled 6 years later. Freshmen with emotional, attentional and/or learning disabilities may graduate at an even lower rate (11% to 50% lower than those without these disabilities) and experience more challenges as they adjust to college. However, these studies also suggest that a portion of the teens who transitioned were better prepared, sought services and graduated at the same rate as their non-disabled friends. This workshop will share what parents can do to increase the odds that their teen will be ready to navigate successfully in college. Specifically the workshop will provide information on:

  • The differences between high school and college.
  • How these differences impact all teens-especially those diagnosed with ADHD/LD
  • What parents and teens can do to use the remaining time in high school to better prepare teens for the transition to college.
  • Strategies for selecting a postsecondary experience
  • How to make set up your college bound teen for success during their first year at college.


This event is in recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, LD Awareness Month, and ADHD Awareness Month.
About the Presenter:

Dr. Theresa Maitland has been in the field of education for over 45 years as a teacher, professor, trainer, presenter, consultant, clinician, coach, author and researcher. She has worked in a variety of programs and roles that center around individuals of all ages with learning and attention differences. She spent the past 24 years working in a university setting.

As a result of her broad career, Dr. Maitland is passionate about promoting independence in all children, teens and young adults, especially those with unique learning and emotional differences. It is her mission to help parents and teachers better prepare our youth for their lives after high school. She has conducted numerous local and national presentations, seminars and webinars on the topics of learning differences, preparing for college transition and incorporating a coaching approach in our interactions with young people.

Dr. Maitland also co-authored two Mom’s Choice Gold Award winning books with Dr. Patricia Quinn on the topic of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College, and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD. She was the Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) for several years and contributed to the development of The National ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) Guiding Principles for Coaching Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Dr. Maitland received her B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University and her M. Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently has a private coaching and consulting practice to share her talents and skills with others in the community.