It may seem that the pandemic has led to a huge setback when it comes to helping your teen acquire skills for transitioning out of high school. You may feel it’s impossible to take steps to prepare your youth to move on to college. However, there are ways for your child to gain skills and learn more about college options.
If you are looking for some ways for your teen to work on transition related skills or even access college credit during COVID19-related distance learning, here are some organizations hosting trainings or programs that might be relevant for your teen:
While I will be covering Future Planning in an upcoming blog post, I also wanted to mention this year-long course, part of a series that starts in January:
- FREE – 2021 Parent University™ class, “New Year, New Resolution… Keeping Your Life Care Plan Moving Forward” Thursday, January 21st, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST. The key to a more secure fulfilling future is blending realism with hope. That takes knowledge, but also a willingness to learn about the many tools and techniques to help you get started. We will work together to identify the goals you want to achieve and the dangers you will want to avoid, along with building your team of professionals/caretakers to help you along the way.
For additional information on college transition topics, please view the following resources:
- Educational Transition After Epilepsy Surgery (new transition guide from the Brain Recovery Project)
- After High School: The Journey to Life (Planning Guide from Ability Path)
- Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum
- College Autism Network
- National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
- Think College
- Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. Revised August 2020
About the author
Audrey Vernick is the Director of Patient and Family Advocacy for The Brain Recovery Project. She is the parent of a child who had hemispherectomy for seizures caused by stroke and holds a level 2 certification in Special Education Advocacy Training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.