Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology
Monday, October 25, 2021

College Planning / Educational Consultation

Over the course of our clinical practice, we became increasingly aware of the importance of goodness of fit between our clients and their educational settings. In response, our clinicians began to visit various educational and therapeutic programs and sought training to better meet the educational needs of our students in the transition to college.
We meet with the student and family to determine what they’re looking for in the college experience. We assess interests and temperament characteristics that will be used to match to college programs and campuses. We review school records and other testing information to determine educational needs and schools that provide the appropriate level of challenge and growth for the student. We help generate a list of colleges to be explored. We provide guidance on how to evaluate campuses and programs for determining goodness of fit. For students with special learning challenges, we help determine if the level of support offered by a school meets their needs. If additional testing is needed, we have access to a variety of specialists to assist in the assessment process, including neuropsychologists, school psychologists, and speech and language pathologists, academic tutors and ADHD coaches.
Why Use An Educational Consultant?  
  • It has become increasingly competitive to get into college.
  • Consultants regularly visit a range of campuses and have assessed the type of students well-matched to each campus, the atmosphere of the campus, and available campus resources.
  • We look beyond grades and test scores to identify each student’s experiences and unique abilities.
  • A college education is a significant financial investment. We want to help students and families feel informed about their choices and potential opportunities to maximize post-college success.
We work with a range of students with specific educational goals or needs. These may include:
  • Early High School Mapping
  • Junior/Senior Year – Work with students who are in the process of visiting and applying to colleges
  • Targeted Interest – Professional schools, arts/music-focused, sports
  • Learning Needs – For students who are seeking a college program that provides extra support and accommodation for academic success. These students would typically include students diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, and those diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder.
  • Gap Year – Experiential learning opportunities prior to entering the college environment.
  • Transfer Students – Moving from a community college to a four-year institution or relocating across four-year colleges.
  • Community College or Specific Training Programs - Such as culinary arts or automotive/”vocational”