Expert in Student Disability Services Opens Bonni Alpert Educational Consulting
Focus of work will be on transitioning students with disabilities from high school to college
FLORENCE—Bonni Alpert of Florence has announced the creation of her new business, Bonni Alpert Educational Consulting, which will serve high school students with disabilities impacting executive functioning who are transitioning into college.
Formerly the assistant dean/director of Student Disability Services at Western New England University for 21 years, Alpert will work with students and their families in navigating the college accommodation process and developing the necessary skills to enhance the student’s chances for success.
“The transition from high school to college can be challenging for all students and families,” Alpert said. “When disability and accommodation needs are added into the mix, navigating the process can seem almost impossible. I am well-equipped to help remove the mystery and frustration.”
Alpert said her services are a good fit for high school students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those on the Autism spectrum.
“My goal is to help students and parents build the level of self-knowledge, self-awareness, and critical skills necessary to prepare them for the challenges inherent in the transition to the post-secondary experience,” she added.
As part of her work, Alpert will conduct a thorough review of each student’s disability-related documentation and also implement a personal awareness inventory and college-readiness assessment in order to fully understand each student’s strengths and challenges.
Alpert will also conduct a college readiness assessment to determine which of the student’s strengths and skills need to be further developed in order to succeed in a traditional higher education setting.
And she will meet with clients, in person or via Skype, for support sessions aimed at helping the student learn skills for a better adjustment to college life, manage stress and time, manage workload and assignments, communicate with professors and advisors, and become familiar with learning strategies and resources.
Alpert will also provide training sessions and workshops for high school professionals and parents.
The mother of two grown daughters, Alpert is an educator and professional ADHD coach with over 30 years’ experience supporting students with disabilities and other learning challenges in a post-secondary environment.
Her professional experience in higher education includes teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in psychology, providing counseling services to students, and working with students and families during their transition to the post-secondary environment.
Alpert holds a doctoral degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Vermont.