Children experience numerous transitions throughout their lives, but none more challenging than the one they face in the quantum leap from high school years into young adulthood and the work world. During the period after high school graduation, adult support is often at an all time low, Unfortunately, this occurs at a time when young people need supportive guidance the most.
In Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD, leading ADHD experts Dendy and Hughes provide much-needed guidance based upon the lessons learned during their sons’ ADHD journeys to adulthood. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the challenges, including:
- Ensuring school success
- Nurturing self-esteem and talents
- Keeping friends
- Addressing anxiety and depression
- gap year vs. college
- Exploring specialized professional & technical programs
- Determining readiness for college
- Choosing the right college
- Succeeding in college
- Finding a good career match
- Launching a career
- Hitting the speed bumps of life
This go-to resource, full of sage advice and strategies, will help parents and professionals navigate the transition with their young people, as they launch into their adult lives and find their potential. It closes with the Photo Gallery of Hope which features young adults who have overcome the challenges of ADHD and are living happy, productive lives.
Written by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S. & Ruth Hughes, Ph.D.
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy is a popular author, educator, school psychologist, and mental health professional with more than forty years’ experience and is the mother of three children with ADHD, LD, and executive function deficits. She provides training nationally and internationally. She was the lead author for CHADD’s ADHD Educator’s Manual and cofounder of their Teacher-to-Teacher training program. In 2014, she received CHADD’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field. In 2006, she was inducted into CHADD’s Hall of Fame.
She has authored five books, including one with her son, Alex Zeigler, for teens, preteens, and parents, A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADHD…Ten Years Later!. In addition, twenty years ago, she teamed up with Alex to create another favorite, the ADHD Iceberg poster.
Also by Chris Dendy:
Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits
Ruth Hughes has been a national leader in the field of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder for many years. During her tenure as the CEO of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Dr. Hughes advocated with Congress and the federal government to ensure the rights and access to treatment for children and adults with ADHD. She instituted the widely recognized Parent-to-Parent Training Program, which has helped thousands of parents learn to manage ADHD in the family. Teacher-to-Teacher, a training program on ADHD for teachers, was also launched under her leadership. She has a son with ADHD who has taught her the most important lessons of living with ADHD.
Now semiretired, she is working with students with disabilities at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She continues to present, train, and write about ADHD. Her passion is finding ways to help young people with ADHD transition to adulthood. Her son with ADHD and LD has been and continues to be her inspiration and teacher. Now an adult, he is thriving.