1st Edition

Successfully Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD Firsthand Guidance for Parents and Educators Supporting Children with Neurodevelopmental Differences

By Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Ruth Hughes Copyright 2024
    240 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    240 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    240 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    This new edition of Successfully Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD provides firsthand guidance for both parents and professionals to help teens prepare for a bright future after high school.

    The advice and strategies outlined in this book are evidence based and provide much-needed guidance to parents and the professionals who educate, coach and treat these students. This guidance will ensure that teens are ready to meet upcoming challenges and demands after high school graduation. With an always hopeful and personable message, the authors share their own and other parents’ insights on avoiding common missteps, the perils of a premature launch to college and finding what works for their unique child. Updated chapters include a discussion around medications and new information on gap year programs, and college accommodations.

    This top-notch guide is essential reading for any parent raising a young adult with ADHD and for the professionals who work with them.

    1. A Message of Hope  2. Bumps and Challenges That Lie Ahead  3. Ensure Success at School  4. Nurturing Self-Esteem and Natural Talents  5. Getting Along with Others  6. Managing Anxiety and Depression  7. Navigating the Middle and High School Years  8. Exploring Careers through Firsthand Experiences  9. Helping Teens and Young Adults Find Their Passion  10. Decisions, Decisions: Options after High School Graduation  11. Is College the Right Option for Your Teen (Now)?  12. Creating Your Own Personalized Gap Year Plan  13. What’s the Best College Option for Your Teen?  14. Community College: two-year professional and technical programs  15. Selecting and Applying to a College  16. Helping Your Teen Succeed in College  17. Helping Your Son or Daughter Launch a Career  18. Signs That Trouble May Be Brewing at Work  19. Hitting the Speed Bumps of Life  20. Our Photo Gallery of Hope  Appendix  Resources


    Chris A. Zeigler Dendy is a best-selling author, educator, school psychologist and mental health professional with more than 40 years’ experience. She is also the mother of three children with ADHD, LD, and executive function deficits. Chris 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 leadership and contributions to the field, and in 2006, she was inducted into CHADD's Hall of Fame.

    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 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. Now semiretired, she works with students with disabilities at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

    "This superb guidebook deals with the largely unaddressed topic of helping parents assist their emerging adults into independence. All the issues a parent and their teen/young adults will confront in this transition are here, are well covered, and loaded with sound advice on how to address them. The authors have decades of experience in helping families, teens, and young adults with ADHD through this phase of life and, fortunately they have chosen to share all their wisdom with you here. There is no better book on this topic."

    Russell A. Barkley, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School, USA

    "The topics presented Successfully Launching into Young Adulthood are so on target for teens and adults as they enter the real world, which may not always be understanding of their needs. With excellent guidance and practical strategies to help parents support their adolescence as they navigate to transition, this book describes a multitude of postsecondary options and an accurate assessment of the tools a student needs to be successful. I found the honest experience of two parents who have been there, done that, to be exhilarating, encouraging, and most helpful."

    Beverly H. Johns, Learning and Behavior Consultant, Former Public School Administrator, Retired Professional Fellow, McMurray College, USA

    "Finally, a book for parents who need help guiding our kids as they navigate the transition into adulthood and independence. The authors provide excellent information on next steps after high school graduation, including challenges, solutions, and resources. As mothers of sons with ADHD, Dendy and Hughes speak from their rich personal and professional experiences. The authors give us hope for the future of our kids, and assurances that we can survive the struggle. I highly recommend this book."

    Belynda Gauthier, Past President CHADD National Board of Directors, Louisiana Capital Area CHADD Coordinator, and parent of two young adults with ADHD, USA