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The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting Your Child's Course to Adulthood

The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting Your Child's Course to Adulthood

by Jo Ann Simons
     
 

The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook helps parents prepare their child for independent adult life. It's full of practical tips and step-by-step instructions to help families envision their child's future, develop a transition plan, and implement it. There's also a wealth of information about adults in their twenties or thirties living at home who are still

Overview

The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook helps parents prepare their child for independent adult life. It's full of practical tips and step-by-step instructions to help families envision their child's future, develop a transition plan, and implement it. There's also a wealth of information about adults in their twenties or thirties living at home who are still struggling with finding a job, locating housing, or establishing a meaningful life in their community, and who could achieve more independence with the right guidance and supports.

The book is the culmination of the author's professional and personal experiences guiding hundreds of families through the transition process, and parenting her own son with Down syndrome, now an adult living independently. Its conversational style reassures parents overwhelmed by a complex process and its frank advice offers a reality check for parents whose child will soon venture into the adult world, or whose adult child has yet to leave the nest.

The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook outlines the steps of transitioning, with an emphasis on the necessity of the child playing an active role in the process. It considers everything families need to know—from meeting broad, basic needs such as finding meaningful ways to fill one's days (work, volunteering, leisure activities, training & education, exercise) and how to get around (driving vs. using public transportation) to addressing specific needs such as whether to leave high school at age 21 or earlier and how to maintain eligibility for benefits by keeping income and assets within allowable limits. Chapters address:

• High School
• Postsecondary Options
• Testing
• Residential Options
• Work & other Endeavors
• Transportation
• Health
• Family & Friends
• Legal Issues
• Financial Issues
• Technology

Families will want this one-stop resource to demystify the transition process for teens and young adults and to help older adults still at home become more independent.

Editorial Reviews

Disability Resources Online
�In this excellent and comprehensive guide, Jo Ann Simons, drawing upon her professional expertise as well as her personal experience as the mother of a son with Down Syndrome, shepherds families and teachers through the transition process. This manual, with its emphasis on successful transition into age-appropriate roles in the family and the larger community, is a useful mixture of practical information and anecdotal experience. It is also one of the best books of its kind that we at www.disabilityresources.org have seen in many years and is an example of why we think so highly of Woodbine House publications.�

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890627874
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Pages:
289
Sales rank:
762,741
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Terri Mauro
2011 IPPY Award: Bronze Medalist, Parenting

"Even if your child doesn't have Down syndrome, you'll find helpful information in this handbook for dealing with special-education transitions, special-needs trusts, guardianship, supported employment and housing, government benefits, and all those other adulthood issues you've been trying not to think about. Simons is a parent who's lived through her son's transition and has a lot of information and opinions to share."
--(Terri Mauro, Guide to Parenting Special Needs (specialchildren.about.com)

Timothy P. Shriver

In an easy style born of practical experience, Jo Ann Simons helps parents of children with Down syndrome manage all the ups and downs of becoming a parent of an adult. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will keep this book on your bedside table to comfort and guide you through all the changes you love and dread—at the same time! (Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO, Special Olympics)

Meet the Author

Jo Ann Simons, M.S.W., is CEO of the Cardinal Cushing Centers of Massachusetts. She is Vice-Chair of the National Down Syndrome Society and of LIFE, Inc. on Cape Cod. In addition, she served as the President of the National Down Syndrome Congress and on the Board of Special Olympics, Inc., and was a founder of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. She and her husband live in Swampscott, Massachusetts. They have 2 adult children, one of whom has Down syndrome

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