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Transition

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Where Am I Going? How Will I Get There? is designed to help you, the student, gather information you need, participate in creating your future and make decisions about the directions your life will take. This process is called transition planning.

Transition involves making changes. When you make changes in your life you must make changes in your plans. Transition planning helps you and your family to think about life after school and identify long-range goals and the steps required to achieve those goals. It will help you make decisions about the rest of your school days to make sure that you are gaining the skills and connections to agencies and services you will need.

Planning

Transition Planning occurs as part of the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Planning for transition may begin as early as middle school, however, children age 14 to 16 must have a statement of transition service needs and by age 16 have a written transition plan as a part of your IEP.

In this program, you will be led step–by–step, area-by-area to answer questions about your hopes for the future, the skills which you have and those you want to learn. The information will then be used to determine what skills you need to learn and what experiences and services are needed to assist you in making the transition to adult life.

Goals and objectives will be developed using your input as a basis for decision-making. Take your time and answer the questions as completely and clearly as you can.

Communication Skills

The process of planning requires that you work with other people to achieve your goals. You need to be sure that you communicate so that others understand you. Here are some suggestions which will help you make your point:

  • Gather your information by using this book and plan what you want to say. Knowledge is power and will help build your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Speak clearly and in a voice that is loud enough to be heard. If you use an interpreter or assistive device, be sure to arrange for that.
  • Look at the person with whom you are communicating.
  • K.I.S.S. means Keep It Short and Simple. It is very powerful to just state what you want to say, then stop and let silence do its work.
  • Write, plan, rehearse. Plan and write what you want to say. Then go over it with a friend or family member.
  • Learn from the times when you did not say what you wanted to say. Go ahead and figure out what you should have said or done and do that the next time. THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME AND YOU WILL BE GREAT!
  • Avoid detours. State simply, That’s not the point. That is not what we are talking about. Stay focused. Keep your main ideas and your goals written on 3 by 5 inch cards if necessary.
  • Communicating what you want and need makes the difference in transition planning. Try it, you will like it. It gets easier with practice.

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