Prepare Your Teen for the Transition to College
Few occasions bring joy to a parent like their kid qualifying for college. You get so hopeful that they will have a bright future. After all, for many, education is the key to success.
But your kids need more than good grades and pocket money to get through college. The transition from high school to college has its challenges. Your kid needs to know how to harmoniously interact with others, as you will not be there to resolve their conflicts and advocate for them.
They require the right “success skills” to successfully complete college and become successful in their chosen careers. Here at The Support for Students Growth Center, in Boca Raton, Florida, we offer several coaching and counseling approaches, both in home and in our office, tailored for the high-school to college transition. They include;
Interpersonal skills, also known as “success skills”, refer to the attributes that enable us to effectively interact with other people. It is what enables us to read the other person’s emotions and respond accordingly. It is also what enables us to choose the right body language to use when interacting with different people.
In middle and high school, the curriculum teaches them the academic skills. Many students can pick up on the skills they need to be successful, but not all kids can do this themselves. Productive people need to know how to;
- Listen actively.
- Initiate meaningful conversation.
- Disagree with others in a respectful manner.
Does your kid know how to find a solution to difficult challenges? In college, they will face many challenges – transitioning between activities, peer pressure, dealing with a noisy roommate, or choosing to ask for help should as they need it. They will need problem-solving skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and decision-making to solve these challenges. Productive people need to know how to;
- Analyze situations and coming up with possible solutions.
- Adapting to changes in life.
- Quick and effective problem-solving.
Just like in middle and high school, your kid will enter into conflicts with other students and teachers while in college. But unlike in high school where conflicts are reported and hopefully resolved by you, the parent, the guidance and counseling of a teacher, in college, your kid will have to resolve the conflicts by themselves. Also, they might have to arbitrate conflicts between other students.
You need your child to have the ability to resolve conflicts. Productive people need to know how to;
- Advocate for themselves.
- Come up with options for resolving a conflict.
- Identify if they are not always on the right side of an argument.
- Arbitrate a conflict impartially.
How to use body language
During communication, body language does much of the communication. Avoiding direct eye contact during a conversation with an elderly person is regarded as a sign of disrespect, while the same body language when talking to a peer is a sign of shyness. With millennials doing much of the communication behind a screen, it is likely that your kid does not know the importance of body language. Productive people need to know how to;
- Understand what their body language is communicating.
- Understand the difference between female and male body language.
- Make a good first impression with their body language.
- Interpret the body language of peers.
We are experts in developmental and behavioral changes in children, teens, and young adults. That and the fact that we have a hands-on teaching experience from college and high school makes us experts in transitioning your kid to college.
For more information check out our website or give us a call.
Transitioning services for Young Adults who may have:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Learning Differences
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Cognitive or Emotional Disabilities
- Delayed Maturation in Development
- and many Physical Disabilities
Our Licensed Professional Counselors and Certified Special Education Teachers are Highly Qualified and ready to Train/Coach your young adult, at your home or at our Boca Raton Center.
Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates
For more information about Dr. Nach’s Online Resources and how to enroll in our online lessons, visit our website at: http://drnachonline.com/