Preparing teens with learning, attention, social and emotional differences for the transition to college

Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
*Registration begins at 8:00am

Dominican University  |  Priory Campus
Aula Auditorium
7200 W. Division
River Forest, IL 60305

for more information

Phone:  708-771-7777
Email:   martha@collegereadiness4success.com

A copy of the book Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College will be included with the cost of registration.

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Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, CPCC
Educator and Author
Senior ADHD/LD Specialist & Coach
The Learning Center's ADHD/LD Services
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Author - Ready For Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College

Karin M. Grimes, LCSW
Owner, Life Transitions Coaching
Therapist, life coach and former school social worker with 35 years of experience working with teens & families. 

Chris Everett, College Financial Planner
President, Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. (EWS)
Helping families pay for college without derailing retirement or amassing unmanageable debt.  Helping students look beyond college and major selection to a career selection in which they are fit to flourish.  A Registered Investment Advisor and Financial Planning Firm. 

MAIN Presentation and Discussion

This informative conference is based on the books Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD (Quinn & Maitland, 2011, APA/Magination Press).  Parents and professionals will learn how to help their college bound teen use the time in high school to prepare for life in college and beyond.

Participants will:

  • Learn the differences between high school and college that can cause even the most prepared teenager to have a rocky take-off and solo flight

  • Become more aware of the additional challenges that teens with emotional, social, learning, and attention differences are “at-risk” for experiencing

  • Evaluate their current patterns of interaction to determine if they are promoting or inhibiting college readiness in the teens in their lives

  • Learn how to use a coaching approach in interacting with teens that can promote independence and empower them for success

  • Learn how to develop an Individualized College Readiness Plan to use at home and at school with college bound teens with ADHD/LD

  • Become aware of resources and procedures for selecting a college setting for teens with ADHD/LD, and strategies for increasing their success.

Break-Out Sessions


Educators and Mental Health Professionals
Moderator: Theresa Maitland
"Applications for School & Therapy Office"

This session will discuss how professionals who work with college bound teens and their families can integrate the information from the conference into their current practice.

  • How to evaluate whether parents are adopting roles that promote or inhibit their teens' independence
  • How to suggest interventions that don't solely modify the environment but simultaneously foster growth in teens
  • How to help families assess and strategically develop important college readiness skills
  • How to strategically fade the role of parents and academic accommodations to better prepare teens for college

For All Conference Attendees
Moderator: Chris Everett
"Pay the Right Price for College - Not the Sticker Price"

  • Discover how to lower the cost of college
  • Earn family generated scholarships
  • Help your student select a career in which they are fit to flourish.

Receive a $500 *SAGE Scholarship for attending this session.  *SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards™ are valid at any participating university.

Event Schedule

  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am     Registration
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am     Presentation:  Theresa Maitland [Auditorium]
  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am     Break
  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am    Presentation:  Karin Grimes and Theresa Maitland [Auditorium]
  • 10:45 am - 11:00 am   Break
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Breakout Sessions: 
    • Chris Everett - For all conference attendees [Auditorium]
    • Theresa Maitland - For Educators & Mental Health Professionals [East Dining Hall]


College Readiness 4 Success is proud to be a community partner of Dominican University.  Through the sponsorship of their School of Education and School of Social Work, three PD hour credits are available for Educators and three CEU's are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists who attend the Fall 2017 Ready for Take-Off Conference.