Many people are surprised when we tell them that our school psychology practice has many adult clients. In fact, at least half of our clients have already completed their K-12 education by the time they see us.
Why might adults need services to support their learning? Even though we tend to think of children when we think of students, adults are students too! And just like children, they have a wide variety of experiences that lead them to seek school psychological services. Some come to us already having a diagnosis but needing updated assessment and documentation for accommodations. Others come never having been diagnosed before. Generally, these students have experienced a lot of struggles in their K-12 experience but, for whatever reason, they never received any special education services or accommodations. Sometimes these are traditional college students who have even greater difficulties in college. Others are adults who, because they had such negative learning experiences, go back to school later in life but want to get answers and support to help make their college a better experience. Other adult students have gotten vocational training but need accommodations to do well on their board exams. And the list of circumstances in which adult students find themselves is endless.
Many adults need services to facilitate their learning including assessment, tutoring, or mental health supports. We will be dedicating our future blogs to address topics of interest to our adult learners. Please check back to learn more about strategies you can implement in the postsecondary setting and resources that can support you. We will also be inviting guest bloggers to share about their areas of expertise.