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Helping Our Disorganized Teens Transition to College

The transition to college life can be both exciting and stressful for students. For teens who struggle with organization, the level of independence required for success in college can be particularly daunting. In high school, organizational supports are put in place for students if they need them. By contrast, in college, students needing support need to advocate for and arrange to receive services.

Watch our last webinar, Helping Our Disorganized Teens Transition to College, a panel discussion with licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hilary Cooper; adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Marcie Schneider; learning specialist and educational consultant, Sharon Thomas; and college placement advisor, Nick Kruter. During this presentation, the panel addressed specific issues disorganized teens face during the transition process, and offer effective strategies and interventions that you can use to help your teen successfully adjust to their college life.

Topics discussed include:

● Important questions for your teen to ask during the college admissions process and after deciding which school to


● Understanding your teen’s needs and identifying resources on and around campus to help meet those needs,

● Preparing your teens to advocate for themselves,

● Academic and social emotional resources for your teen and where to find them,

● Accommodations vs. fee-based programs,

● How to build a family plan to support your teen

Panel Speakers

Hilary Cooper, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hilary Cooper is the founder of Clear Mind Psychology, a new group practice in Westchester specializing in the psychological treatment of children and adolescents. She worked at Bellevue Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and The Therapeutic Nursery School and Autistic In-Patient Unit at NYU Medical Center before starting her private practice over a decade ago in Rye, NY. Dr. Cooper specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and parents for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and Adjustment Disorders. Dr. Cooper earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University where she studied Early Childhood Special Education and Child Development. Her passion for understanding the human experience continued at the City University of New York where she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology with honors, writing a dissertation on the transformation of a mother’s sense of self after the birth of her first child.

Nick Kruter, MS

Nick serves as the Academic and School/College Placement Counselor at MAIA Education Resource Center.  He has unique experience in admissions counseling and recruitment having worked in both boarding school (Hotchkiss) and college admissions (Tufts and Davidson). Nick is devoted to crafting distinct solutions for students' academic futures as he guides them through the different steps of the admissions process. Nick completed his BA in Political Science at Davidson College in North Carolina, and earned his MS in Organizational Change Management from The New School's Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment.

Marcie Schneider, MD FAAP FSAHM

Dr. Marcie Schneider is the founder of Greenwich Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine where she has been in full-time private practice of adolescent medicine since July 2005. Additionally, since 2012 she has served as medical consultant for Center for Discovery’s Fairfield County adolescent and young adult residential facilities. Dr. Schneider is board certified in Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics where she has held leadership positions including as a member of the Committee on Nutrition from 2005 - 2011, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Adolescent Health from 2013 - 2019. She is also a fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, where she served on the board of directors. Dr. Schneider graduated from Brown University and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her residency was in

Pediatrics at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York where she remained for a total of 13 years, becoming Associate Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Medical Director for the Eating Disorders Day Program before being recruited by Greenwich Hospital to start an Adolescent Program.

Sharon Thomas, MSc, MSEd

Sharon Thomas is a Learning Specialist and Educational Consultant. She is the Founder and Director of MAIA Education Resource Center, an organization started over ten years ago to identify and provide timely educational services. As the leader of MAIA, named after her daughter, Sharon guides a team of talented teachers with general and special education training who are invested in the overall development and success of their students. MAIA works with students K-College with and without learning differences through 1:1 tutoring, executive function coaching, test preparation, school

placement, and workshops.

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