Minnesota Life College (MLC), located in Richfield, Minnesota, is a not-for-profit, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
Starting up school again is daunting for a lot of students. They’re transitioning from a system that they slowly grew accustomed to over nine months, followed by a summer off, to now face a brand-new status quo. Having learning differences compounds the struggles of a new school year, which is why parents of young adults who have them should be aware of what their loved ones are going to have to learn to deal with. Here are five changes most students will experience in a new school year, as well as some quick tips on how to handle them:
Our CLP Spotlight for August, David Bono, is best known to staff for his sense of humor and enthusiasm for sports. We highlighted him this month for reasons such as his increased participation in our planned activities for members of the Community Living Program. Interested in learning more, I asked David some questions about what life is like for him in CLP.
Language is a difficult thing for anyone to get a handle on. It’s far tougher to grasp if you have a learning difference. A lot of learning differences, like autism spectrum disorder, cause you to take things at face value. Unfortunately, face value only goes so far in our sometimes subtle world. Here are five kinds of language that can cause confusion for people who learn differently: