As young adult transitions into college and adulthood, each individual will face different problems. The issues themselves can vary greatly depending on the presence of mental health disorders, autism spectrum disorder, or trauma. As a result, individualized interventions offer solutions and treatments that address the specifics of each individual.
With individualized interventions, students build skills needed to be successful in their personal and professional lives. Students will run into different problems throughout their education and careers. However, many solutions found in individualized interventions will cross over to these different aspects of life.
Individualized Interventions: Addressing Actual Needs
As students head off to college, they are transitioning into adulthood. This is commonly a rough time in life. Everything about a student's life is disrupted when they go off to college. Their home environment, school routines, and lifestyle change dramatically. These changes are not only big changes, but also very abrupt and simultaneous.
The issues that students face as a result of these changes vary greatly. Some enter college knowing how to care for their own health needs like eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress. Still, others will have a solid grasp on how to stay on top of school work without procrastinating. With so many skills needed to be successful in college, if a student is missing certain skills, their college success will suffer.
Individualized treatments help students to truly address their needs. As a treatment method, it varies greatly for each person. However, it may include working with a life coach, educational coach, or therapist. Regardless of the type of support and help needed, it is geared toward helping students address their individual challenges in areas that impact their success, such as executive functioning, emotional processing, and finding the right path.
The term executive functioning refers to skills that a person needs to plan, focus, and adjust to meet a long-term goal. In terms of skills required for college success, executive functioning is a big one. While some students may struggle with executive function due to other factors, that is ok. The good news is that with practice and help, researchers have found that executive functioning can be improved.
With individual interventions, coaches and therapists can help students learn how to schedule and follow through as needed to be successful in college. This will look different for each student, making individual intervention an effective tool since it means the method can be adjusted to fit the student's learning needs.
Many young adults struggle to process and monitor their emotions. This is a normal part of development. However, it can interfere with a student's ability to focus and thrive in college. Individual interventions and treatments can help a student address their needs and provide tools to help them process and learn how to process emotions in the future.
Finding the Right Path
In college, students are asked to make many decisions. For example, what major they want, long-term goals, and short-term goals are all front and center. However, these choices can be daunting and challenging for young adults. Finding the right path seems simple, but it takes a lot of personal awareness and some time to learn what is a good fit.
Individual treatment helps students improve their level of personal awareness, ultimately leading them to a path they are genuinely interested in. In turn, this helps them to be more academically successful as there is genuine interest and motivation in the courses and coursework they are doing.
Sustainable Success With Individualized Interventions
Individualized interventions for college students help them to learn how to be successful. Many students may only participate in treatment for part of their academic careers. However, they will learn skills that will carry forward into their lives. These skills can help them to stay focused and succeed in coursework at the beginning of college and will be used in order to maintain sustainable success.
However, these skills are only able to help students succeed long-term if they are a good fit for them. When students find tools that they see and feel the value of, they are more likely to stick with them. These skills are unique to fit their specific needs like color coding in a certain way or setting up a study schedule with specific hours. Individualized interventions help students to find the tools that they need, separating themselves from others and truly focusing on what they need to be successful in college.
As individualized skills become a norm for students, they become a part of their regular life. This means that when they shift into a different career or more schooling, they will bring these skills along with them. This makes them effective methods for sustainable success in college and into adulthood.
Each college student is an individual with specific needs in order to help them find their way and be successful in college. At Northwest College Support, we offer individualized care for each of our clients. We want to help students find tools and develop goals that they connect with. This means addressing needs without a cookie cutter, but instead with curiosity. If your student is struggling in college or in need of more support as they transition into adulthood, our programs can offer them the individualized care they need. Call us today at (877) 485-2776 to learn more about the programs we offer and how we can help your student thrive in college.