Secondary Transition Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings
SECONDARY TRANSITION 1
SecondaryTransition: Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-HighSchool Settings
Secondary Transition: Helping Students with Disabilities Plan forPost-High School Settings
1. Explain whytransition planning services are important for students withdisabilities.
Transitionplanning services are critical for students with disabilities sincethey help to plan for education (Carter, Brock, & Trainor, 2014).Furthermore, the services are important since they help such studentssucceed in independent living and acquire employment.
2. List anddiscuss at least four ways school counselors can assist students withdisabilities in the transition process.
a) Examine thevarious career options – School counselors must research the localmarket for opportunities that cater for students with disabilities.
b) Collaboratewith the IEP team – School counselors can assist the IEP team toformulate attainable goals for the student.
c) Oversight oftransition – School counselors should contact various serviceagencies to offer their expertise.
d) Monitoringoverall progress – School counselors must evaluate the progress ofplanning activities during transition to provide valuable feedback.
3. Ann Haller isa ninth grader who has a profound hearing loss. A gifted artist witha 3.5 GPA, she knows she wants a career in drawing but is not certainof her post-school options. What three areas might you need to assessto help Ann with her transition planning?
First, I willneed to assess her academic training in terms of skills, needs, andstrengths (Snell & Brown, 2014). Second, it would be proper toevaluate her personal characteristics including her life skills,social skills, and behavior (Hamblet, 2014). Third, I would assessher interests and values to see whether they align with her careerchoice.
4. List threesources of information to which you can refer Ann so she can learnmore about potential employment opportunities.
a) Local agenciesthat offer recruitment services to persons with disabilities
b) Nationaldatabase of persons with disabilities
c) State laborunions
5. The schoolcounselor is instrumental in assuring that ongoing communicationoccurs in order to better prepare the student for achieving his orher post-secondary goals. Explain how the counselor serves as aliaison between the school community, including the student, and thecommunity-at-large.
The schoolcounselor acts as a liaison through regular communication with bothparents and students with disabilities (Carter et al., 2014).Besides, the school counselor speaks to different agencies toidentify the range of options available to students withdisabilities.
7. Discuss theimportance of the liaison’s role in building relationships in thetransition process.
The liaisonarranges for meetings between the student and agencies. In addition,the liaison involves parents in important decisions. During thetransition process, the liaison fosters communication among allstakeholders (Carter et al., 2014). Hence, students with disabilitiescan experience excellent outcomes.
Carter, E. W., Brock, M. E., & Trainor, A. A. (2014). Transitionassessment and planning for youth with severe intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities. The Journal of Special Education,47(4), 245-255.
Hamblet, E. C. (2014). Nine strategies to improve college transitionplanning for students with disabilities. Teaching ExceptionalChildren, 46(3), 53-59.
Snell, M. E., & Brown, F. E. (2014). Instruction of studentswith severe disabilities. New York, NY: Pearson.
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