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The New Parent Transition Survey (FREE)
Fournier, Lisa L. ( 2014)

The New Parent Transition Survey addresses those areas identified for transition
planning and assists the IEP team in making decisions. Seven areas are
addressed: public school education, future post secondary education and training, employment and career training, future independent living options, guardianship/financial supports/trusts, transportation, recreation and leisure, and adult services. Parents rank the areas of

  1. dgrimmmvr3-k12-mo-us says:

    I liked this assessment right away. The questions are straight forward. They assess the parents understanding of their student’s disability, abilities, needs, and future education, career and employment expectations. It considers their opinion about future living options and concerns about independent living.  It also asks questions about finances, wills, and guardianship; their student’s transportation accessibility, and recreation and interests.

    It also has a table where the parents can fill in information about their awareness of the Services available in their community.

  2. lisa_warnerisdschools-org says:

    The Parent Transition Survey provides an opportunity to record a parent's insights for their child's transition needs and how they see their child's outcomes.  I send home a very similiar survey with our Notice of Meetings.  We ask that the parent complete the survey and bring it to the IEP meeting.  We have found it to be especially helpful to parents attending their child's first transition meeting.  I helps to prepare the parents in thinking about transition ahead of the meeting and having an understanding of what transition means.  I really liked the last section on this particular survey.  It gives the school information on what agencies a parent has already contacted on their own and which they would be interested in receiving more information about. 

  3. jeniferrandlesbcglobal-net jeniferrandlesbcglobal-net says:

    Parent Transition Survey


    My initial thoughts on this survey were good, but the more I looked at each question, the more questions I had. I feel like some of the questions make the parent choose a certain path for their child, one which may presume they cannot do other paths (i.e. Future Education and Career & Employment options).

    After the parents choose their child's future education and career option, they state what type of work their child is in and then are asked whether that is realistic or not. I'm not sure we should ask parents to make a judgment on their child's goal. I think it is a good idea to ask the parents what type of employment they think their child would enjoy. In this way, possible conflicts would be known and dealt with (i.e. counseling for parent).

    Again, some of the options given for future living options, finances, wills and trusts, guardianships and transportation I think makes the parent choose the path now, limiting options, and shutting down dreams their child and they may have.

    The last section, adult services section, I feel has a lot of merit and is easy to complete. The completion of this section would help the team know what the parent does not know. I'm unsure about the terminology used on one service, "mental retardation center," though. Is this the same thing as an intermediate care facility for mental retardation (ICF-MR)?

  4. brindellhotmail-com says:

    The Parent Transition Survey focused on the support system of most students.  It allows the parents to have a voice and to determine if the parents and student have similar goals and outlook.  For the transition team it allows them an opportunity to have parental input that may not occur in the IEP meeting.   It also provides an opportunity for the parents to request additional information on services.  I feel this is a survey that could be given yearly during middle school and high school to see how the parental outlook changes.  It also gives a chance for the IEP team to see if the parental outlook is on track with the student’s actual abilities. 


    The survey addresses many areas outside of education, including employment, social and recreational activities, financial planning and adult services.  Because it is easy, it should not be difficult for the parents to complete and give honest answers. 

  5. kchomablaineschools-org says:

    Like the CITE learning styles assessment, I like the Parent Transition Survey is free and easy to use. Looking it over, I believe that parents would find it helpful, because they could begin to formally reflect about their child's future. I think that parents would appreciate that the tool is easy to use, and doesn't require them to fill out a million bubbles. The last section on the assessment is especially interesting, because it lists all of the different services that a student may need to access. I would bet that most parents do not know about all of these types of services. Teachers should easily be able to use the information from the survey as a starting point for transition planning and goal setting.

  6. mlouismnu-edu says:

    This informal assessment survey helps the transition team to understand the parent's preference for their child's post-secondary future.  Coupled with what the child wants, it is important to know the parent's preferences in order to best collaborate and find common ground.  The team can also negotiate with the family and figure out what steps to take in order to achieve the common goal for that student.

  7. jwehrli-wehrligmail-com says:

    This is a great informal assessment.  It gives educators  a look into how parents see their children and what expectation they have for them for transition.  It is a great tool for parents to be involved and make their voice heard.  

  8. khirthmnu-edu says:

    In my opinion this is an informal assessment tool.  I would def use this assessment within my classroom or in a transition team Ia m working with because it allows students parents to have input on their wants and prefrences for thier child.

  9. leahmggmail-com says:

    I really like that this includes tips for parents and allows for them to give their input into what they desire for their child.  It is definitely something I would use to help include parents in the transitioning of their child from setting to setting. 

  10. ramarlowmnu-edu says:

    This informal assessment allows parents to express their vision for their child’s postsecondary future.  It is a valuable resource that identifies parental goals, student goals, and can help educators identify the similarities between the two.  This information is beneficial for IEP and transition teams when determining what steps need to be taken to achieve postsecondary goals.  It can also identify areas in need of negotiation and can identify helpful organizations and personal things that need to be addressed in order to achieve postsecondary goals.  I like that the tools if free to parents can highlights potential concerns in their child’s future such as living options, guardianship, finances, transportation, employment, and social networking.  This is an excellent transition-planning tool that allows educators to get a clearer understanding of the parent’s goals for their child.


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