Transition Planning Research Paper

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College Transition Planning for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder Transition planning has proven effective, and is currently a widely used tool for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder as they prepare for life after high school, with nearly 85% of students having some sort of transition plan (Hendricks & Wehman, 2009). Transition planning typically involves the student, teachers, and parents or guardians and focus on the setting of goals related to the individual’s future plans, such as independent living, communication skills, or employment related goals (Hendricks & Wehman, 2009). Active participation by the student in transition planning, and a primary goal of attending a postsecondary institution has been …show more content…
Students saw more success when they were active in the transition planning process, often directing the planning process themselves (Wei et al., 2015). Making the student the center of the transition planning process empowers them, giving them more experience in taking charge of their lives and becoming more independent (Hendricks & Wehman, …show more content…
Students with autism attending college should follow the standard pathway through college courses, social life, etc. as much as possible and therefore should be prepared for this before arriving at the university (Wei et al., 2015). The student also should be familiar with the services provided by the college they wish to attend before leaving high school, and an overlap of the presence of both the high school and college services in the transition planning process ensures a smoother transition for the student as he/she transitions from high school to college and encourages more familiarity with the college services for the individual with autism when they are at the college as a student (Hendricks & Wehman,

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