The Autism Transition Guide: Planning the Journey from School to Adult Life

Overview

The authors of THE AUTISM TRANSITION GUIDE know how overwhelming it can be for parents of students on the autism spectrum to think about what will happen when their son or daughter graduates from high school and leaves the familiar supports of special education behind. That's why Bruey and Urban wrote this practical guide to transition planning-a road map for families, educators, counselors, and transition specialists to navigating this ...
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Overview

The authors of THE AUTISM TRANSITION GUIDE know how overwhelming it can be for parents of students on the autism spectrum to think about what will happen when their son or daughter graduates from high school and leaves the familiar supports of special education behind. That's why Bruey and Urban wrote this practical guide to transition planning-a road map for families, educators, counselors, and transition specialists to navigating this crucial, sometimes tricky journey from high school to adult life.

Federal law requires that a transition plan be in place by the time a child reaches age 16; Bruey and Urban believe starting at age 12 to 14 is even better because goals are more likely to be met. The following are key areas they advise parents to plan for:
Residential choices
Postsecondary education
Employment
Recreation and leisure activities

Additional considerations include:
Who should be on the transition team
Getting transition goals into the IEP
Evaluating and assessing your child's skills
Involving your child in the process
Sequence of changes (e.g., should he get a job before moving out of the house?)
When your child no longer qualifies for IDEA assistance

The Transition Portfolio Planning Tool, a detailed template, is designed to help put plans into action and keep everyone moving forward. Use this form to track what needs to be done to reach transition goals in a variety of areas, including employment, education, and communication, social, and daily living skills.

THE AUTISM TRANSITION GUIDE is a must-have resource for families and professionals, providing ideas and strategies that can be applied to abroad range of individuals on the autism spectrum-from the college-bound student to the student who requires 24-hour supervision to succeed. No matter what the particular destination may be for your child or student, this guide can help make sure he or she reaches it.
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
“The authors of this book have prepared an informative and easy to read guide for professionals and parents of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) who are preparing the transition between adolescence and adulthood. This time of transition can be extremely difficult both for parents and the person with ASD; however with active, thoughtful transition planning, the authors' goal is to increase the chances of success.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890627812
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 7/8/2009
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn T. Bruey, Psy.D., BCBA has been working with children with ASD and their families for the past thirty years. She is currently the onsite administrator of a public school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, serving children with autism who exhibit significant challenging behaviors.

Mary Beth Urban, M.Ed. is a special education teacher and special education consultant for secondary programs. Her twenty-one years of experience have included a variety of responsibilities related to developing transition services for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Where Are We Headed? 1

Chapter 2 The Legal Framework for Transition Planning 17

Chapter 3 Creating an Effective Transition Team 35

Chapter 4 Early, Middle, and Later Phases of Transition 51

Chapter 5 Involving Your Child with an ASD in the Transition Process 75

Chapter 6 Beyond School 91

Chapter 7 Putting It All Together 107

Chapter 8 Final Advice for the Journey 121

Appendix Transition Portfolio Planning Tool for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 125

Resource Guide 143

References & Suggested Reading 149

Index 153

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