Success Strategies for Students with ADHD, LD, and ASD

Seeking Success

The DASS Learning Specialist and other DASS staff members provide academic assistance for SMU undergraduates with ADHD and learning disabilities, as well as students on the Autism Spectrum. 

Assistance is available in the following areas:

  • Learning Strategies Instruction: using strategies to maximize the value of academic strengths and minimize the impact of academic weaknesses;

  • Coaching: helping students achieve short-term and long-term academic goals with a focus on time-management, organization, and academic skills-building;

  • Self-Advocacy/Awareness: facilitating the development of self-esteem and self-confidence through skill building, role playing, and understanding of legal rights;

  • Education: helping students understand their diagnosis and how it impacts their college experience;

  • Transition to college: identifying and addressing differences between high school and college and their impact on students with learning disabilities;

  • Educational Planning: assisting students in choosing courses, class schedules, and majors that consider the impact of the documented disability;

  • UNIV 1210: Academic Success and Personal Development: a course in advanced reading and learning strategies tailored specifically for LD and ADHD students;

  • Tutoring: making the best use of the A-LEC's subject-specific tutoring program;

  • Mentoring: pairing upper-class with first-year students to provide peer support and guidance, facilitated through Students for New Learning.

More Information and Scheduling Appointments:

Current or prospective undergraduates looking for more information about the DASS Success Strategies program can contact us at 214-768-1470 or

To schedule an appointment to discuss success strategies, other resources, or support, please use DASS Link. Instructions for making appointments on DASS Link are located on the DASS Link portion of our website.

Study Skills Videos for DASS Students (with more to come!):

The Pomodoro Method... for DASS Students!

 Check out these links to help you utilize the Pomodoro Method:


Body Doubling... for DASS Students!


Check out these links to help you utilize body doubling:


The Holding Bin - An Organizational Strategy... for DASS Students!


Other ADD/ADHD, LD, and ASD Resources:

Discover off-campus and online resources for students with ADD/ADHD, LD, and ASD on our Off-campus Resources page.