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Career and College Decisions for LD Student
Q: This year my son is in mostly collaborative classes -- a large step up from self-contained classes -- and his schedule listed only one teacher for each class. I had to check with the guidance counselor to find out who the head of special education was, who in turn would contact his case manager for this year, and then the case manager would call me and check on his schedule. After being in three different English classes, they finally got it straight! He still gets mixed up about what to do in each classroom, so this just adds to the confusion. Next year he's in high school. I'm hoping for a little help. Whom do you work with concerning career/college decisions: the counselor or the counselor and special education department?
A: Planning transitions to college or career must be a collaborative process. Your LD specialist at the school must be involved as well as the person who generally counsels students about these decisions.
You might want to consult Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for Learning Disabled People, A Step-by-Step Guide by Barbara Scheiber. It's an excellent guide for parents who are at this stage in their child's lives. Another good resource is Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years by Joan Shapiro and Rebecca Rich.
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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.