#046 – A Story of Hope for Parents of Struggling Students: An Interview with Marie Force

In this episode writer Marie Force shares the story of her son’s journey as he struggled with learning challenges throughout school. Now that Jake has graduated from college (with honors!) and is headed to graduate school, Marie recounts her personal journey as a parent. Marie’s story will inspire parents whose students might be struggling. Helping your student find their motivation and staying optimistic will be key.

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We were pleased to have the chance to talk with writer Marie Force, not about her writing, but about her experiences as a mom of a student with learning difficulties. Marie shares the story of her son Jake’s struggles throughout his early schooling and how he managed college once he had a clear diagnosis for his difficulties.  Jake’s story should bring hope to parents who have students with learning differences who are starting college.

Marie, along with her son Jake, has written an essay about their experiences.  If you’d like to read more about their story, or learn more about Marie and her writing, visit Marie’s website MarieForce.com. You can go directly to Marie’s essay about Jake at Your Child Is Struggling, You’re Struggling. We Come With Hope. 

If you’d like to learn more about the school and program that Jake attended visit the Program for Advancement of Learning at Curry College.

Don’t skip this episode if you don’t have a student with learning differences. Marie shares a lot of valuable information for all parents.

One of the essential pieces of advice that Marie shared was the importance of parents talking to their student about a health proxy and other important health paperwork before they head to college. Although you hope you will never need these documents, in the event of an accident or illness, they will be important. Check out our article that lists some of the forms you should consider and links to some templates..

Your College Student’s Health: Important Paperwork That Can Make a Difference

If you’re sending a student with learning differences to college, we have some specific earlier podcast episodes that may be helpful, (although Lynn shares valuable information in almost every episode.)

#019 – Students with Learning Differences: What Are the Key Changes Between High School and College?

#029 – Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities: An Interview with Elizabeth Hamblet

Don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also go to followthepodcast.com/collegeparentcentral to add our podcast so that you’ll receive each new episode as we release it.

Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment here or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.

And finally, a request for your help. Podcast ratings and reviews are important to help our podcast become visible to more people who might want or need the information we share. We’ve made it even easier for you to leave us a review! Simply go to lovethepodcast.com/collegeparentcentral and leave us rating or review.

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