Hooray! Your child’s hard work and persistence (and your hard work and persistence) have paid off and she is off to college! This is certainly a time to celebrate.
In addition to celebrating, you may be helping your child set up any extra learning supports that she may need in college. That is definitely an excellent idea. But it may not be all of the support she needs.
Many young people with executive function challenges have a tremendous amount of help at home with self-care. Parents often do their laundry, cook their meals, buy their toiletries, tell them when to shower, when to wake up, and when to leave the house. When your child is off at college, she will need to do most of these things by herself.
If you haven’t already started doing so, the summer before college is a great time to teach your child these skills. Have her practice setting her alarm and getting herself out of bed. Teach her how to do laundry. Send her to the store to buy toiletries. Sit together, make schedules and lists of things to do and buy, and have her follow them.
These skills, of course, are quite difficult for most people with executive function challenges. If you find your child leaves for college without them, consider getting her an executive function or life skills coach when they get to school so they have the support they need.
A great resource on transitioning to college is On your own: A college readiness guide for teens with ADHD/LD by Patricia Quinn and Theresa Laurie Maitland.