Press Release

Executive Functioning and Empowering Special Needs Students For College Success

Contact: Robin Gorman Newman, rgnewman@optonline.net, 516-770-1611

Transitioning to college can be a challenge for any student, but this is particularly true for teens who learn differently.

Having to rely more on their own capacity for initiative and organization, students with Executive Functioning challenges often feel as if they’re fighting an uphill battle to become a collegiate self-starter.  Add ADHD, and college can become a campus for confusion, anxiety and disillusionment.

Enter Dr. Odey Raviv.

For over 30 years, Dr. Raviv has helped students with special needs who struggle with motivation and academic challenges. 

He is an Academic Coach, and more and more parents are calling on him to help their teens achieve success at college. Dr. Raviv is able to navigate academic territory that eludes parents, especially if their children are away at school or are not responsive to parental assistance.

Through cultivating a personal relationship with each student and fully assessing and addressing individual needs, he provides mentoring, inspiration, tools, strategies, and instills a sense of enhanced confidence. By offering continuity via their work together, Dr. Raviv helps students stay accountable and on track, as they strengthen their newfound independence. He guides students in advocating for themselves in an environment that differs considerably from high school where they received services and support. 

College presents a scenario that can easily have a student feeling overwhelmed. Time management, for example, is of particular importance, Dr. Raviv explains, and this doesn’t come naturally to those who procrastinate and struggle to prioritize. Interpreting a class syllabus and breaking it down into manageable steps can be tough, as is learning to balance leisure and extracurricular activities with studies. Students engaged in demanding collegiate sports face this challenge in a big way.

Dr. Raviv addresses a wide array of subjects including Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Written Expression and Editing, Problem Solving, Study Skills, Time Management, and Standardized Test Preparation. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education, and his career has included clinical remediation, teaching, administering, consulting, and college faculty work.  He works privately with students nationwide both in-person and virtually via Skype, FaceTime and Google Docs. 

Dr. Raviv is able to address the following and offer comment on other stories you are working on:

  • Understanding Executive Functioning and its impact on college students
  • Motivating an unmotivated college student who learns differently
  • How special needs students can cultivate study skills for collegiate success
  • Easing the transition to college for a special needs student
  • Supporting  a special needs college freshman without being a helicopter parent
  • Helping students with special needs to achieve balance

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