For Students Ages 14 to 22nd Birthday:
Helping your student gain the skills needed for successfully transitioning to post-secondary activities is a team effort. Every member of your student’s IEP team has a part in transition planning. Whenever possible, the student is a full member of the team. Parents, guardians and outside service providers, such as Department of Developmental Services (DDS) case managers, are important members of the team. From The Guild, all of the faculty and staff who know and work with your student contribute to transition planning – from classroom teachers to job coaches, from occupational therapists to speech/language therapists, from residential managers to recreation staff, from student service coordinators and counselors to nurse case managers. Everyone has valuable input and is able to assist in building your student’s health and skills to ensure that the step that follows The Guild is made easily and successfully.
Life after The Guild may include full-time day programs and services from adult agencies, adult residential services, or supported living arrangements. Discussed and planned for in yearly IEP meetings, your student’s coordinated transition goals and services become an integrated part of your student’s ongoing program.
The Guild strives to have your student’s transition goals be strength-based as well as based on their preferences, interests and needed levels of support. The IEP team focuses on results-oriented goals where improvements in many areas are achievable and observable.
Your child’s student services coordinator plays a pivotal role in this transition. He/she serves as the link between The Guild and the post-secondary world of adult services. If your student needs to visit programs or residences to select a great match or to become more familiar with the selected spot, your child’s student services coordinator will schedule and accompany your student on these important visits. Your student’s next step is important to you and to us; therefore, your child’s student services coordinator makes sure a thoughtful, well-planned transition occurs.
For Students Moving to Less Restrictive Environments:
When your student is ready to transition back home and/or to a less restrictive education setting, we are always excited and pleased that your student has made the progress necessary to transition back home and/or to a less restrictive education setting. Of course, this step is only taken with your involvement and careful planning.
Of course, we will gladly share with you, the new school staff and community based providers the strategies and methodologies we used to aid your student’s sound skill acquisition. As a DCF Caring Together Partner, the IEP team will look at the needed wrap-around services required to support DCF students through the transition.