Teenage years are usually difficult, and can be especially so for students with disabilities. Counseling is directed toward academic and interpersonal functioning. Based on assessment, specific counseling goals can be set by the student, with results measured toward progress along the way. Students learn to take charge of their lives, improve school performance, alleviate distress, manage crises, develop organization skills, enhance their overall well-being, and increase life functioning and social skills. Counseling is goal-centered, with the student identifying specific improvements to be made, setting a plan to achieve them, and monitoring improvement along the way.
Impediments to success are usually based on false beliefs, unrealistic expectations, and self-sabotage. Once identified by the student, they may be removed. With increased self-understanding and acceptance, students learn to identify their strengths, and to communicate more effectively.
Communication is a two-way street. Consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals can help generate new ideas for successful interventions and interactions with students.