Kids Transitioning to Adulthood

Reviewed Jun 22, 2021

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Summary

Some transition plan goals:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Daily living skills

Children become legal adults at age 18. At this point, some youth will still need care. They may need support because of the type of mental or emotional needs they have. If your child is near 18 and is getting services, start planning. You will need to decide about their shift to adult care. A well thought out plan will help both of you.

Individual transition plan

A transition plan is created by you and your child. You do this along with people from the agencies that will be giving services to your child after they turn 18. It describes the goals that should be done before they finish school. It can be a very helpful guide for both of you.

Your child may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP allows them to get special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) suggests that planning start by the time a child is 14. It tells how to move a child into adult care when they turn 18. After your child turns 14, the IEP should always include an individual transition plan.

A good plan can help your child reach their goals for the future. The IEP must include all of their activities. It must also include all of their goals in the following six areas:

  • School
  • Community experiences
  • Work
  • Other after-graduation goals
  • Daily living skills
  • If needed, an evaluation of job skills

The IDEA also suggests that services for your child should be planned among agencies.

By Haline Grublak

Summary

Some transition plan goals:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Daily living skills

Children become legal adults at age 18. At this point, some youth will still need care. They may need support because of the type of mental or emotional needs they have. If your child is near 18 and is getting services, start planning. You will need to decide about their shift to adult care. A well thought out plan will help both of you.

Individual transition plan

A transition plan is created by you and your child. You do this along with people from the agencies that will be giving services to your child after they turn 18. It describes the goals that should be done before they finish school. It can be a very helpful guide for both of you.

Your child may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP allows them to get special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) suggests that planning start by the time a child is 14. It tells how to move a child into adult care when they turn 18. After your child turns 14, the IEP should always include an individual transition plan.

A good plan can help your child reach their goals for the future. The IEP must include all of their activities. It must also include all of their goals in the following six areas:

  • School
  • Community experiences
  • Work
  • Other after-graduation goals
  • Daily living skills
  • If needed, an evaluation of job skills

The IDEA also suggests that services for your child should be planned among agencies.

By Haline Grublak

Summary

Some transition plan goals:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Daily living skills

Children become legal adults at age 18. At this point, some youth will still need care. They may need support because of the type of mental or emotional needs they have. If your child is near 18 and is getting services, start planning. You will need to decide about their shift to adult care. A well thought out plan will help both of you.

Individual transition plan

A transition plan is created by you and your child. You do this along with people from the agencies that will be giving services to your child after they turn 18. It describes the goals that should be done before they finish school. It can be a very helpful guide for both of you.

Your child may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP allows them to get special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) suggests that planning start by the time a child is 14. It tells how to move a child into adult care when they turn 18. After your child turns 14, the IEP should always include an individual transition plan.

A good plan can help your child reach their goals for the future. The IEP must include all of their activities. It must also include all of their goals in the following six areas:

  • School
  • Community experiences
  • Work
  • Other after-graduation goals
  • Daily living skills
  • If needed, an evaluation of job skills

The IDEA also suggests that services for your child should be planned among agencies.

By Haline Grublak

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