Encouraging your child to be involved in their own transition

If your child is old enough to start thinking about transition, they should also learn how to speak up for their own needs.

This is called self-advocacy.

It will be helpful for teens to learn as much as they can about the road ahead, the resources available to them, and the decisions that they will have to make. They should be part of the transition process as much as their disability allows.

Involve your child as much as possible in the process.

  • Talk to them about their future goals, their challenges, and what kind of support they need to reach these goals. 

  • Help them learn to articulate their needs and ask for support. (If they have communication challenges, they can use the devices and techniques that work for them.)

  • Include them in all IEP and transition meetings.

  • Encourage them to find activities to do outside of school that fit with their interests and can help them learn useful skills. Let them research work or volunteer opportunities.

Share online transition tools with your child.

Encourage your child to explore some of these tools that were made for teens with disabilities.

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