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As educators and adults, we know the importance of preparing students for their transition from high school to adult life. Introducing students and parents to Transition and helping them to understand how Transition planning fits into the IEP is very important.
Here are a couple of suggestions on how to introduce the topic of Transition to students:
• Have the students complete and informal or casual assessment that includes interest inventories or preference surveys. These assessments are generally perceived as fun activities and can also be used as an age appropriate assessment which are required by IDEA and Indicator 13. The results of the assessments can be used to start conversations with students in the future.
• Have the student do activities such as interviewing an adult regarding transition topics like employment or education and training experiences.
• Have the student do Internet research on a job or career they might be interested in.
• Have discussions with students regarding important vocabulary such as post-secondary, transition plan, what IEP stands for, what is a resume, what is competitive employment, advocate, etc.
• Interview a student which helps to build rapport with students and start conversations.
In addition to starting this conversation with students, it is important that special educators introduce Transition to parents.
Here are a couple of suggestions for how to do that:
• Develop a letter or brochure that explains Transition to parents before the student’s first Transition IEP. Be sure to include the IEP agenda, explanations of important Transition related vocabulary, their role in this process, and possibly a questionnaire or survey related to their child’s wants, interests, strengths, and needs related to employment, education and training, and independent living. If you choose to use a survey or questionnaire, we suggest asking the parent(s) to return the survey before the IEP meeting and in enough time for teachers to review the feedback and be able to discuss it in the IEP meeting.
• Consider offering a “Transition Night” where you can invite Transition age students and their parents to come and learn more about Transition.
• Consider drafting an email or newsletter that can be sent to parents explaining Transition, rights, and resources.
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