Many situations can impact the ability to focus on courses and do the best work you can do. If you find that relationships, alcohol, stress, or any other factor is impairing your abilities to do your best, we may be able to help you find solutions to those issues. In addition, we can (based on availability) provide psychological testing for learning disabilities, although this may require a fee unlike counseling services.
One misconception someone may have is that if they are having “stress” or some other condition that we can write a note for them to be excused from their responsibilities. This is not true. We will work with you to find out how to complete your work, but we will not help you get out of work. If you do have a traumatic event we strongly encourage you to speak directly with your professor first and then to us so that we can help you recover as quickly as possible. If you’re having a bad day academically and need a little lift, try reading something comedic like, The Onion. However, do not read The Onion if you are offended by profanity and/or sarcastic humor or are under age 18.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Asperger, Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS and others are more commonly found among college students than they were in previous years. Luckily, St. Norbert College Counseling and Testing Services has two licensed professionals with personal and professional experience working with children and young adults in this group. Lisa Burke previously specialized in working with children and families struggling with the effects of Autism Spectrum Disorders. If you need changes to your class expectations or living situation as the result of Autism Spectrum Disorders you should contact Academic Support Services who can guide you through the accommodation process and determine what you are eligible for.
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity is also more common among college students than it has been in the past. The place to start would be with Academic Support Services who can advise you on what accommodations might be available to you and what tutoring services might be appropriate. Here’s some information for adults and children with Attention Deficit.