Today's EPTA Update post was submitted by educational consultant Adrienne Oliveira. Ms. Oliveira is an American Special Education Advocate living in Portugal. She was a Special Education teacher for 10 years, and her goal is to help American families whose children may have specific learning disabilities. For more information, you can visit Ms. Oliveira's website at www.advocateiep.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have had a few people reach out to me asking about transition meetings. This terminology is used very loosely. Even in my career, I attended so-called “transition meetings” for children leaving elementary school and entering middle school. Yet, what really is a transition meeting?
Transition meetings are for students who already have an IEP. The transition plan is a separate document included in the IEP and must be completed by the time the child turns 16. At one school district I taught for, we held the transition plan and meeting when the child was in 8th grade going to 9th grade (high school) and the transition plan
will continue to be included in the IEP moving forward.
The purpose of the transition plan is to help prepare your child for their future after high school whether that may be college or a job. Your child is involved in this process completing surveys and questionnaires to help determine areas of interests and strengths.
The main goals in the transition plan include:
Once the goals are established possible services may include:
These services and goals may change every year until your child graduates from high school and are important to help your child prepare for life after high school. Your child, along with the IEP team will work together on these goals every year until graduation.
I hope this clarifies what “transition meetings” are. If the term is used in another way, it is just an IEP meeting and make sure someone is capturing the notes during your meetings! If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.