Transition Survival 102 – Assessing And Learning Principal Skills For Successful Transitions

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Now that we have mastered the tenets of what is needed and accessible to individuals with autism and disabilities from our Transition Survival 101 training, we will look at how to develop solid goals and objectives in a transition plan using specific tools and assessments to aid in this process. This 120-minute webcast begins with a review of the well-studied, principal, critical skills every person needs to survive independently in our world. These skills are not specific to a disability, mental illness, or cognitive function, but simply a breakdown of what all persons need in their behavioral repertoire to independently function in our community today. This list is important to consider when planning for living arrangements, post-secondary education, vocational placement, and community integration for persons with autism.

While most would agree on the basic and functional skills needed to be taught, we must also recognize there are unique challenges that need be considered when analyzing, planning and designing a transition program for adolescents and adults with autism such as, and in no particular order:

    Cognitive functioning
    Motivational variables and interests
    Behaviors of concern
    Current behavior repertoire across specific domains
    Repetition frequency needed to acquire skills
    Level of needed support and prompting
    Parent preference, if applicable
    Individual’s preference
    Access to resources such as funding, placements, qualified transition training programs
    Lack of, or in-cohesive, systems and processes to access funding resources available to support the individual’s needs
    Identifying future living and work options available, which may differ from state to state
Now, with a combination of further education, functional tools and assessments, and successful behavior analytic strategies, you will have a set of guidelines and curriculum to implement early and throughout the transition planning phase of treatment.

This recorded webcast will total 120 minutes with a review of practice and methodology designed for teachers, paraprofessionals, BCABAs and BCBAs working with persons with autism and/or supervising direct treatment staff, and other professionals working with children with autism and related disorders.

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