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An Academic Resource Program for Students Who Learn Differently

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

  • Do you suspect you have or have you been diagnosed with ADHD?
  • Concerned about the transition to college?               
  • Feeling overwhelmed with school? Work? Life?
  • Have problems with procrastination?
  • Struggle with task management? Organization?  
  • Never learned how to study? Take notes?
  • Struggle with comprehension and recall?  
  • Want to take charge of your own life?
Students with executive function challenges as often seen with ADHD and who want to develop skills for self-management of the academic, personal and career aspects of their life will find the Steps-2-Success program offers just such an opportunity. This program provides specialized tools and resources to smooth the initial transition to college. It also can help you develop independence, self-confidence and skills for academic and career success.  Using resources designed for individuals with ADHD, the program strives to provide a solid foundation for better academic and career results. 
 
The program was developed as the Disability and Accessibility Resources staff became keenly aware of the struggles that emerging adults with ADHD were experiencing in college. One prominent feature was the pervasive impact of the ADHD symptoms, interfering not only with students' academic functioning, but also with their personal, social, emotional, and vocational functioning. Even though many of these students were receiving disability accommodations and other campus support services, they were continuing to struggle. These observations suggested that something more was needed to address the needs of our ADHD college population.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS
 

The program is provided over two semesters. 

For the fall semester it consists of a specialized section of the First Year Experience (FYE) course - GED 101-07, weekly mentoring/coaching sessions and a weekly structured academics and personal skills lab.
 

  • The FYE course is the primary vehicle for delivering new information during the fall semester.
  • The weekly mentoring and coaching component of the fall semester has three complimentary objectives:
    • monitor and fine-tune what you learn in the FYE course
    • assess your need for disability accommodations and other campus support services
    • work collaboratively with you to identify and monitor attainment of personal goals
  • The weekly academics lab gives students the opportunity to receive assistance with organizing and planning their study sessions as well as the tools and structure to implement their plan.

During the spring semester, you will be helped to refine and master the knowledge and skills acquired during the fall semester through one group session and seven (7)  bi-weekly mentoring and coaching sessions. In addition, you will be guided through a gradual process of taking on increasingly greater responsibility to help prepare you for functioning on your own after your participation in Steps-2-Success ends.
 

A strong emphasis will be on actively using the knowledge and skills in your everyday academic and career activities. The program will be using a program of cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT) and motivational enhancement. The CBT is a goal-oriented process that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving.  We will focus on practical implications such as meeting obligations or completing work on time.  We also will look at encouraging endeavors that provide personal fulfillment and well-being, such as sleep, exercise, hobbies, and campus involvement. We will be talking about ADHD, reinforcing the message that ADHD is not a character flaw by demonstrating the neurological underpinnings of your neurodiversity and the resulting daily challenges. Using this framework, we will break down the tough task of “managing ADHD” into specific tactics for navigating throughout the day.


APPLICATION FORM
Application for Steps-2-Success program

SPACE IS LIMITED


Ready to see if Steps-2-Success is for you?

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INTRODUCTORY VIDEO

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Michael
Michael Casey, MS, CRC, CDF, LCAS

Program Coordinator - Steps-2-Success

CONTACT
Email:                        sar@wvstateu.edu 
Phone/Text:             (681) 533-0850
Campus Ext:             3083
Office:                        117 Sullivan Hall East

HOURS
Monday - Friday
Fall/Spring   8:30am - 5:00pm
Summer      8:00am-4:00pm

Steps-2-Success Application
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