#074 – Fostering Your Student’s Independence and Self-Advocacy: An Interview with College Counselor Judy Bass

Whether your student has learning differences or not, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss. Many students find the challenges of the first year of college overwhelming, not because they aren’t academically ready, but because they still need to develop independence and self-advocacy skills. In this episode, Judy Bass draws from her years of experience counseling students and families to share ways in which parents can foster these skills in their student to help them make a successful transition to college.

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We were pleased to be joined in this episode by Judy Bass, a Certified Educational Planner who specializes in helping students with learning challenges find the right school for them.

We learned that building self-advocacy in our students begins at a very early age, and Judy shared some wonderful examples about how to do that. It’s never too early to start!

Judy helped us define the terms self-advocacy and readiness and she shared a mantra we could all use. “Perfection is not the goal, the goal is success.”

We covered a lot of ground around independence and how we can help students understand what it means to be independent.

Judy also shared some wonderful advice about what to do if your student crashes and needs to take some time away from school. It’s not a race and there are options available to the student, but they need our support.

Judy talked about the value of students taking a gap year. We’ve seen the difference in the students in our classes. If your student is considering a gap year, you can hear more in our podcast episode:

#011 – Should Your Student Take a Gap Year Before College?

We asked Judy if she had any book suggestions to share with parents – and she did!

Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

Taking Charge of ADHD by Russel Barkley

The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids by Elaine Taylor-Klaus

If you’d like to learn more about Judy Bass, you can find her at her website: basseducationalservices.com.

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