The purpose of student advisement is to guide each student attain a sense of empowerment, identity and achievement.
This is achieved through a succession of “doable”, realistic goals while successfully confronting the challenge and the proposed “journey” together. The LDI approach is supportive, practical, individualized and concrete.
LDI students and advisors are scheduled to meet weekly, and depending on the situation, more often. A plan of action, developed between the student and advisor, determines areas of development to focus on within specific settings.
The plan of action addresses the unique work, education, and community functional strengths, limitations, needs, and preferences of the individual. It appraises the characteristics for employment, social situations, independent living, and functioning in community settings and situations in which the student may find themselves over the course of each year.
Recommendations and action steps focus on developing practical, adult life and independent skills that enable the student to successfully survive and function in the real world. This plan is developed at the start of each year, and updated each trimester to allow for the ongoing assessment of growth and skill acquisition of the student.
Each student’s developmental needs, experiences and issues are specific to them, which is why the advisement process is individualized for each student. As the central figure in the student’s process, advisors work collaboratively and collectively with all program departments to ensure consistent delivery of services and student development.
Roles and Relationships
Advisors intervene and communicate the needs, concerns, challenges and progress of the student with appropriate department staff on a regular basis.
Student advisors work jointly with external professionals – i.e., educational consultants, college resources and advisement staff as well as other outside service providers.
Although LDI focuses on the maturation process of the young adult toward independence, it also recognizes the importance of advisors and parental involvement and communication. LDI emphasizes parental support rather than direct parental intervention.