SSD Parent Handbook (Section 5) – Transition
Transitions occur throughout life and are faced by all young people as they progress, from childhood through puberty and adolescence to adulthood; from immaturity to maturity and from dependence to independence.” (Getting it right for young people Dept of Health / Child Health and Maternity Services Branch 2006)
In addition to academics, it is also important for the student to learn the skills necessary to lead a self-determined life. Self-determination is defined as the ability to make decisions based on knowledge, skills and beliefs. Components of self-determination include:
- Making choices
- Decision making
- Setting goals
In each of the Ages and Stages sections below, you will find a link to more information about self-determination skills for that particular age group, as well as general information that may be of value to you if you know or suspect that your child has a disability.
As a supplement to the Transition section of the SSD website, this section of the SSD Parent Handbook offers information and resources that can aid you in helping your student prepare for the changes they will experience during their education and as they move in to adulthood.
You may also find the Checklist for the First 21 Years helpful to you and your family.
When a student reaches age 16, transition planning as part of the IEP must be in place. This planning is designed to help the student prepare for life after high school and make the transition as smooth as possible. Click here for detailed information about the process for developing the transition IEP.
Helping Your Student Prepare for Adult Life
SSD Transition Options for Students Ages 17-21
Transfer of Rights
Supported Decision Making
Additional Resources and Information