Archives for life transitions

Five Tips to Smoothing the Way from Preschool to Kindergarten

  1. Contact the school well in advance of the time your child will enter. This will give school staff time to work with you to plan for your child’s educational program.
  2. Provide the school staff with information about your child and show your willingness to be involved in planning your child’s education program.
  3. Offer to be a link between the professionals who have been working with your child in the preschool years and the elementary school staff.
  4. Find out about the various programs and supports which are available to meet the special needs of students in the school and school district. Ask the principal and/or school district staff about options available for your child.
  5. As school staff plan your child’s program, participate in the development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for him/her. Parents have the right to be consulted on both placements and IEPs, however, schools are responsible for these decisions. Maintain strong collaborative relationships with the school and/or school district staff carrying out this work.

How to get ready for life after high school

  1. Start planning for the transition as soon as possible – in some cases the youth may be as young as 14 years of age. Starting early allows time to prepare a Transition Plan and put it into action.
  2. Research and use a person-centered planning approach to do transition planning because it is designed is to create supports and opportunities that enable a person with special needs to experience a self-directed life.
  3. Research all the options that are available from post secondary education to daytime services to residential supports. The more unique and individualized you expect your child’s service to be – the sooner you better start planning.
  4. Find out the funding range that your child (as an adult) may be able to access. This will help determine how much money can be spent on the creation and delivery of serive.
  5. Research various funding models (Individualized funding, MicroBoards etc).
  6. Talk to other people, and advocacy organizations.