You are preparing your child for future EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, and INDEPENDENT LIVING (required by IDEA at age 16, many states it’s earlier)
– Assess present levels (academic, functional), strengths, interests, preferences
– Develop postsecondary and IEP goals
– Identify services (e.g, OVR, PAES Lab), curriculum, activities
– Your child is a lifelong learner!
– What skills/supports/activities does your child need after high school?
– What programs are offered in your area? (college, bridge programs, community college, vo-tech)
– Transition programming starts with assessments and explorations to determine strengths, preferences, interests, etc. to create pro-vocational goals.
– It is important for them to begin practicing and model a job that they not only would be able to do, but enjoy doing.
– You can begin adding in helpful Life Skill tasks as early as 9 years of age throughout your child’s school day (e.g., making deliveries to other classrooms, wiping down tables or running a school snack shop.)