As you prepare for your first days at Wake Forest, talk to your family and care providers. Think about taking as many notes as you need and organize them in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Focus on the following steps to inform yourself:
- Know the name of your condition(s).
- Be able to describe the problems or symptoms you have (e.g., excessive worrying, difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, not as interested in things as I used to be, etc.).
- Be able to describe how these problems affect your life (e.g., I have a hard time paying attention to conversations and feel left out, I’m avoiding social situations, I’m not interested in eating at all, etc.).
- Be able to describe the treatment you’ve received up to now (e.g., group therapy, medication, academic coaching, etc.).
- Be able to describe your reactions and responses to your treatment, including what has and has not been helpful.
- Have the names and contact information of your treatment provider(s).
IF YOU TAKE MEDICATION
- Know the name of your medication(s) and when you started it (e.g., Feb. 2015).
- Know the dosage of your medication(s).
- Know how frequently you take your medication(s) (e.g., as needed, every morning, etc.).
- Begin to take responsibility for taking your medication as prescribed. The pharmacy at the Student Health Service can fill many common prescriptions and can also arrange for other prescriptions to be delivered there for your pick up.
- Be able to describe how medication makes you feel – pay attention to side effects and intended effects. This sometimes requires a level of body focus and noticing skills that we don’t always use.
- Be able to describe any side effects or problems you’ve had with medicine (current and/or past).
- It’s also helpful to have your medication history available: what medication have you used in the past? Why was it changed?
INTEGRATE YOUR TREATMENT AND EDUCATION PLANNING:
- As much as possible, be a part of discussions about your treatment plans and goals in order to develop a clear understanding of your treatment.
- Be able to simply describe the goals of treatment.
- Be a part of discussions about your accommodations at school.
- Be able to simply describe the purpose (what problems are being addressed) and goals of your IEP.
- Bring a copy of your IEP or 504 plan to the Learning Assistance Center-Disability Services to help them have a better idea of what your accommodations and goals were in high school.
- If you’re not sure if you have an IEP, ask a parent or guardian.