IEP Transition Goals and Objectives are generally meant to prepare students to successfully transition to adult life after finishing school. Truly scary stuff for many parents.
Unfortunately, they are often overlooked and passed over while still in school. When the time comes (meaning the final year of high school) it’s a mad dash to figure out what needs to be done.
Summer is the perfect time to take stock of the year just completed in school and pretend it was the last year of high school. It may only be the last year of middle school or junior high but let’s just pretend. If this actually WAS the last year of high school, would you or your child be prepared to transition to adult life? Take a breath, that lump in your throat is a perfectly normal reaction.
You can relax in the comfort that by being aware early, you WILL properly prepare for that day to arrive. Start preparing now as an exercise. Summer is the perfect time for a simulation.
Is your child prepared for the following?
Employment: Get a summer job to give it a test drive. It can be something easy and part-time but the pressure is off if you start out slowly.
Post-Secondary Education: Have you thought about it yet? Treat high school like going to college; new school, new schedule, new classes.
Independent Living: Can you live independently? Learn to cook, do laundry, and get around town by yourself over the summer.
Socialization: Do you belong to any interest groups or clubs? Find a park program or community activities to join.
Use the summer break as a time to start preparing for life after school. And take what you learned and incorporate the information into your IEP in the Fall as Transition Goals and Objectives. It’s never too early to start.