College Confidential’s “Dean,” Sally Rubenstone, put together 25 of her best tips. Get your free copy of the "25 Tips from the Dean" eBook and get helpful advice on how to choose a college, get in, and pay for it: http://goo.gl/9zDJTM
My son is a second-year student at an Ivy League school, and was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was 6. During his elem, middle and high school years, he was a good worker, incredibly bright, and graduated at the top of his class. Now, in college, he can't seem to motivate himself to keep up with his work. He spends most of his time on the Internet, and then gets so behind that he stops going to classes. Last year, he completely lost it during second semester, skipped his mid-terms because he was so far behind, but was able to get a medical leave of absence during the spring. It turns out that he not only had AS but also ADD and some OC. He was put on medication, got lots of therapy and counseling last spring and summer, and this year, it happened all over again. First semester, he attended enough class to get mediocre grades, but this semester, he stopped working and skipped his exams again. We are on the phone with him constantly, trying to motivate him to do work, but to no avail. He likes being at the school, likes dorm life, has friends and a social life for the first time in his life, but he is on the verge of flunking out.
This has been a heartbreaking period for me and my H; I've been avoiding my neighbors and co-workers who have college-age kids so I don't have to hear how well their kids are doing and either lie about mine or tell the whole sad story over and over again.
We have tried everything. Anyone experiencing anything similar?