Abe is my lovable hulk of a son. He's also PDD, ADHD, NVLD, etc. And the plan is for him to (hopefully) graduate from High School next June and then attend college one year from now. What college? Neither of us have a clue (although, of course Mom has started doing some research on places).
But before he (we, me) picks a school, there is something very important that Abe, and only Abe, needs to decide. That would be the type of studies that he wants to concentrate on. In other words, a major. Now, he doesn't have to specify a major, but he really needs to think about what sort of work he wants to be doing eventually. Actually, I already have the answer. Abe would love to have someone pay him to play video games all day. And amazingly enough, I've actually heard of a job like that- but I think that it started with a computer science degree or some game writing degree. If anyone knows anything about it, let me know!!!
But the problem is that while Abe really likes math and science classes, he is not eager to translate that into an idea for the future. College is a pretty scary thought to him; more so than neurotypical kids. The residential school that he is at is the first school, EVER, to give him a significant amount of homework and make him do it. He did have homework at his other schools, but it became too much of a power struggle to get him to do it. Now, that is someone else's problem- not mine! He hates the HW, and I don't think that he totally finishes it, but he's making a good effort (I believe).
The first step for most kids on the road to college is taking one of the standardized college tests. It's not necessary to do this for many schools for kids who have been on IEPs, but his school is having the kids take the SAT. They are all going to take it together at school, with accomodations. The test will be given over 2 days and with lots of breaks. Abe actually does pretty well on standardized tests. The only part that I'm worried about is the essay section. Well, we'll see.
Now if only the kid would think about what he really wants to study!