You Can Help!
as you help your son or daughter transition from high school
to college, concentrate on the quality of your communication.
Consider asking yourself these questions:
Do I allow my son or daughter the freedom to explore new
experiences and new ideas?
Do I share personal beliefs and experiences?
Do I tolerate opinions, ideals, and values that are different
from my own?
Do I understand how my son or daughter is handling the transition
from high school to college?
Do I know of any specific transition problems? Do I suggest
or support strategies to deal with the problems?
Do I overreact or become overly sensitive to decisions that
are contrary to my own needs, values, and expectations?
Do I create any roadblocks or unnecessary pressures that
stem from my own needs and desires?
Am I available for my son or daughter to express his or
her feelings and concerns about the transition process?
parents, you are in a unique position to influence the transition
process. College students today need their parent's interest,
concern, and willingness to work with them during this important
period of change and growth. The prevailing philosophy of
student development on college campuses today encourages young
men and women to solve their own problems with little authoritative
intervention. Students are more successful with the responsibilities
associated with independence when they have had practice during
their earlier years.
from Virginia's Guide to College for Students with Disabilities
available at http://www.pen.k12.va.us