Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs through the Transition from School to Adult Life: Tools for Parents

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 144 pages
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When teenagers with special needs transition from school to adult life, both they and their families are faced with many new decisions and challenges. This book provides advice and information to help families prepare for that transition, and make it happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Mary Korpi recognizes the impact of this changeover period and emphasises the need for young adults to be included in all decisions and discussions about their future, thereby developing self-advocacy skills. The first part of the book explains how families can adapt everyday routines to develop the young adult's essential life skills. The second part provides information on programs and support services, and stresses the importance of devising an effective transition plan to help teenagers explore avenues suited to their personal goals and abilities. This is invaluable reading for families of teenagers with disabilities who are preparing to move on from school life.
 

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Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
12
PREFACE
13
Part I Family Expectations that Facilitate Growth
15
Part II The School Bus Doesnt Stop Here Any More
79
IN CLOSING
131
NOTES
133
REFERENCES
138
INDEX
140
back cover
146
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Mary Korpi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Syosset, New York. Throughout her career she has engaged in hands-on support and education of people with special needs and their families. She currently enjoys assisting students with special needs as they transition from school to post-secondary opportunities. Her mission is to provide people with the information and skills they need to live independent and fulfilling adult lives.

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