Transition – Parents Can Make It Happen

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Transition, according to various dictionaries, is period of going from one state to another. In this article, “Transition” refers to assisting your “specially abled” son or daughter to step from your protective wing to that state of independence he/she is most capable of obtaining. You have a vision of that. Unlike most, I believe you know your child best.

Books that would be useful in formulating this plan with regard to work skills are;

1.    Wanda Draper’s , “Your Child Is Smarter Than you Think.”
2.    “Developing Talents Careers for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism,” by Temple Grandin.
3.    “Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum,” by Lynne Soraya

A starting point is to do what in business is called SWOT- Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis.  Using report cards, IEP’s (Individual Education Plans) and what you know about your child a Transition Plan must be formed.  Of course don’t forget his/her dreams or expressions with regards to what their vision of a life’s work looks like.

Here are the sites with some explanations about the sites themselves:

1.    www.bls.gov/ooh Which is the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook site.   A few ways to look up occupations are; occupational finder, growth rate, new jobs, occupational groups, and lots more. Check it out.  This can help you look at the job market with regard to your son/daughter.
2.    www.onetonline.org On the site it says, “What is Onet?
The answer is. “The nation’s primary site of occupational information.” This site is more specific about careers or jobs.  Complete listings for you to use your creative juices for ventures you never imagined your son/daughter doing. Use it to research the possibilities.  Stretch your muscles matching the abilities to the possibilities.

Consider these when preparing your child for a career.

1.    Volunteering
2.    Clubs
3.    How to show work pieces.
4.    Developing/nurturing talents
5.    Basically have a portfolio of work
6.    Networking

Here are a few resources to consider in writing the portion of a Transition Plan regarding the career portion.

1.    http://assessments.careers.org/ You could use what you know to formulate possible careers for your child.  This is only one example.  Google job assessment for more options.  Check with your state Vocational Rehabilitation Department or go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html.
2.    Check out www.careeronestep.org There is a wealth of information to glean here.
3.    A few other ideas. I am not advocating but trying to be inclusive.

  • Might consider the Military if this and only if it fits  your son/daughter

****This is not an all-inclusive list  ****

4.    http://www.ngsd.org/ National Gateway to Self  Determination

Remember to check out resources. Do assessments of your child’s abilities. Take them on field trips to places that match these criteria.  Be willing to make it happen. If you care for your child, you can muster up the energy to ask places to let them volunteer.

Volunteering is seen as a positive on resumes and often quitting jobs a negative.
Your son/daughter will have a lifetime to work and sustain him/her.  Let them use this time to volunteer while having the luxury, to gain job skills.

Editor’s Note: Autism Daily Newscast recently ran a very popular two part series on “transitioning” from the perspective of someone on the spectrum. At the same time Sandra sent us an article on the topic full of resources. We are happy to reprint it here.

About Sandra Lynn Mallo Adcock

Sandra AdcockSandra Lynn Mallo Adcock D.Ph. M.S.M. is the mother of an eighteen year old with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism.  The diagnosis depends on the year and the person giving it.  She is married twenty-one years to Bill ADcock, D.Ph.  After twenty-five years plus in pharmacy, Sandra turned to writing for therapy and had one ebook under her belt.

An accident has put her on the disabled list too.  Looking for a job is where she found out about all of this information relavant to employment and transition.  She is using it to help her son Tanner.  And, wants to make others aware of the information.   Another ebook is in the works for release in Aug of this year.  She will then refocus on her main project, a book “Tell It Once and For Autism,” which will be self published.

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