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Transition Tips to Start Your Year Off RIGHT!


Sponsored by NTACT Dr. Mary Morningstar and Sarah Roberts share strategies about what you can do to start your year off right. Learn about the most important domains for transition, and how to prioritize your time and energies! Get ideas, new resources, advice and strategies. For ALL transition stakeholders.


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    Sarah Carlson

    What are the next steps you will take now to easily address each of the transition domains?

    Melissa Wrigley

    I am in the process of creating a training module- Transition Planning 101. I will be adding some of the material discussed during the session. Thanks– Missy from CT

    Angele Johnson

    Loved the transition tips, loved the resources even more. Will continue to watch for you both. Thanks for your time.

    Sarah Carlson

    Angele–so glad you found it useful! Keep checking back-there should be some more resources today!

    susan stroebel

    As always, Wonderful resources! I am doing a training tonight on “Transition Begins at Birth” for parents and we have a young man with Autism who is now an Occupational Therapist talking to the young adults (right after his online podcast! ).I will be sharing these resources! thank you again and again.

    Sandy Brown

    I am unable to access the resources from the webinar above.

    Susan Dudley

    I was having a hard time accessing also but determined that my pop-up blocker was on.

    Dana Lattin

    Hi Susan – The video wasn’t available yesterday. It takes us about a day to edit it and share it through the website. You should see it now.

    Dana Lattin

    Hi Sandy – I just put the video up today. If you are unable to access something else specifically, please email me directly at dlattin@ku.edu

    Steven Foelsch

    Outstanding! You guys definitely know what you’re talking about in the plethora of information that you presented was well organized and logically set thank you so very much. This will take me a week to go through all of that information you presented. How can I get a schedule for the presentation?

    Leslie Wagner

    I would like to learn more about customized employment success stories with individuals with multiple disabilities.

    Dana Lattin
    Leslie Wagner

    I saw this webinar– it is amazing. It really brings into focus how we can make employment work for students with higher needs. Thanks.

    Kathi Stephan

    That would be great! I am trying to have parent see a better vision, it would be great to have some videos to share some success stories!

    Carlene Henager

    Thank you for allowing me to attend the seminar. It was very informative. There was just so much information to process that I couldn’t think of any questions to ask. Having thought overnight, my one question, based on where I work (prison), is do you have any ideas on how to adapt this information to my audience?

    Deanne Unruh
    Also, while in a closed custody setting, look for opportunities to utilize existing assessments that the juvenile side may use that could support the transition planning process. Also look for opportunities for authentic work-based learning opportunities in which students can gain experience; some facilities already have these in place that you may utilize while youth spend time in their living units and you may need to augment with specific instruction. (i.e., kitchen/baking; canteen (sales), landscape/grounds work; laundry; janitorial work; unfortunately much of the office or computer-based opportunities may not be accessible due to confidentiality restrictions; but could be explored. I’ve… Read more »
    Susan  Pierson-Bacon

    Your turn

    Susan  Pierson-Bacon
    I thank you for the resources with DJJ youth. I work with a behavior high school, where they are sent from their home high school for all kinds of illicit behaviors, and I now seeing more and more sexually related incidents with them waiting and waiting until a court hearing to decide their fate. it is sad because often have no clue how what they have done impacts their future going forward, and they are lacking in vocational skills, intellectual, and academic ability. I am working with one right now. who is depressed over all of this, but does not… Read more »
    susan stroebel

    If they have autism, you may look at Dennis Debault’s stuff regarding Autism and the justice system

    Deanne Unruh
    Also, if you are an instructor in a long-term care facility serving young offenders (average stay between 4-8 months) and are interested in implementing an employment-related social skill curriculum specifically focused for young offenders, please contact me. It is a funded research project to test how effective this curriculum is. The curriculum consists of 14 interactive lessons that targets for broad domains: self-regulatory skills, problem-solving, effective communition, and team work. It is aligned with an evidnece based practice for young offenders: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and we have aligned it with the Common Career Standards. I would be more than happy… Read more »
    Deanne Unruh

    Key Considerations in Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education for Youth With Disabilities in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Facilities http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/sites/default/files/NDTAC_Issue_Brief_FAPE_12_15.pdf National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or delinquent Children and Youth

    Deanne Unruh

    Another resource:
    What the “Every Student Succeeds Act” Means for Youth in and Returning from the Juvenile Justice System http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/ESSAJJ_Factsheet_FinalWebinarVersion_Jan262016.pdf Summary of Every Student Succeeds Act and Youth returning from JJ system

    Deanne Unruh

    Another resource:

    Reaching and Serving Students in Juvenile Justice: A Webinar http://www.parentcenterhub.org/topics/juvenile-justice/ Center for Parent Information and Resources: webinar from September 20, 2016

    Deanne Unruh

    A resource related to a facility to community re-entry project:

    Unruh, D., Waintrup, M., Canter, T. & Smith, S., (2009). Special service systems for serving youth in the juvenile justice system. In H.B. Clark & D. Unruh (Eds.) Transition to adulthood for young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties: An evidenced-based handbook. Brookes Publishing.

    Ryan Larkin-Smith

    Sorry I missed you guys yesterday. I got caught with an ADE meeting. I will watch the webinar and go from there. Nice to see you again Dr. Morningstar

    Brad Gatie

    This has been exceedingly helpful to me. I am a graduate student and foresee myself being a Transition Specialist in the school system. Thank you!

    Leslie Wagner

    Hi– Thanks for the webinar– Sarah mentioned having students with disabilities go to work experience job sites along side peers without disabilities as natural supports. Do you have more information about how a program like that would work?- it sounds like a great idea.

    Sarah Carlson
    Hi there! I don’t have any formal resources to share, but a few practical tips. One tip would be utilizing an already established work experience to facilitate this. In most high school settings, there is an “office assistant” course where students work as an assistant in a variety of departments across the school. Students might work in attendance running passes, might work in the front office completing paperwork tasks or might work in guidance scheduling appointments. Consider placing your student with disabilities with another student and have them both act as office assistants on school during the same hour. This… Read more »
    Dana Lattin

    Hi All – I just posted 2 more resources that Mary and Sarah asked me to share. Look in the documents section above for the Dream Sheet and the Dude Transition Book!!!

    Has anyone else used these resources? If so, how?

    Kathi Stephan


    Melissa Wojtak

    Sorry it has taken me a while to comment here-the webinar was awesome and I will use quite a few of the resources in my job and to disseminate to my colleagues! Thank you for hosting this webinar!

    Sarah Roberts

    So glad you found it useful, Melissa! Keep checking back–there will be more resources!

    Kathi Stephan

    I loved the idea of supported risk taking and consequences. So important before they leave school!

    Sarah Carlson

    You are so right, Kathi! Risk-taking is a skill– and it is important to make sure that our students have the opportunity to develop it!

    Mary Beth Nelson

    Mary, so excited that I happened upon this webinar as I was getting on the Coalition website!! I started watching and did not stop until it was over. You and Sarah ( also Dana) did a great job. Sad to say I consider myself an” old timer” when it comes to transition. We are revamping things here in the Tongie/Basehor-Linwood cooperative (TBLSEC) I wrote three pages of notes and websites to check out as I was watching. Thanks for all the ideas and “new” materials in Transition. You gals ROCK!!

    Glen Manaker

    Thank you for your presentations. Although I am not presently a professional in the field, I am a parent to two sons with different I/DDs and have been a parent advocate for approx 16 years now. I am working on creating a new career for myself and my first step (maybe second) is the on-line M.S.Ed. program at KU. These resources are a huge help and I can’t wait to share them with the teachers and administrators in my district, as well as other parents.

    Thank you once again.

    Sarah Carlson

    As a graduate of the online program, I would support that as a career decision! It certainly prepared me to take on the role of transition coordinator!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the webinar! Please let us know if we can provide you with any other resources or suggestions! Or research… sometimes administrators like to see that too!

    Dana Lattin

    Hi Everyone! Sarah just added 3 new resources for parents in the Resources section above. Here’s another Parent Transition Survey on the Transition Coalition website that is used frequently!


    Dana Lattin

    Check out the 5 additional resources just added that focus on collaboration with businesses.

    Dana Lattin

    Hi Everyone – Check out the Documents section above!

    Sarah just posted 3 more resources for you including: 2 NTACT Quick Guides that are full of links to resources – on eon RTI and one on PBIS in secondary schools. Also, she added a Drop Out Prevention Guide that is full of information, interventions and practices you can use to keep kids from leaving school too early.

    Melissa Wrigley

    Love the PBIS & RTI info– I will be sharing with my colleagues and high schools that I work with!!

    Mitch Bordeaux

    Good Stuff 🙂

    Sue Ann Bube

    I’m looking to include curriculum related to personal vs. work relationships and sexual education within our transition program. I’m finding that our students with developmental disabilities are starting to have their first relationships and our confused by their feelings and need more guidance.

    Angele Johnson

    Well said, I am having those same issues with my girls. Does anyone have any curriculum dealing with our students coming of age?

    susan stroebel

    you might look at http://www.loveisrespect.org. It is not specific to students with disabilities but has some nice stuff

    susan stroebel
    susan stroebel

    article: “Collaborating to plan and Implement a Sex education Curriculum to Individuals With Disabilities” by J. Sinclair, L. Kahn, D. Rowe,V. Mazzotti, K. Hirano, C. Knowles

    Susan  Pierson-Bacon

    Thank you for this information on sexual issues. It used to be that we had high numbers of pregnant young high school girls. Now we have full blown taking advantage of others, in school, and taping things, and getting charged for relations with underage girls, etc. etc. These kids have no idea what charges can do to their futures when they do impulsive things, and the girls need to learn how not to be victims.

    S stroebel

    We had a speaker come and talk about just that subject. apparently there was one high school in Co. that had several hundred kids involved in the situation you described. All facing charges of child pornography and in jeopardy of being labeled as sex offenders for life. I will talk to the speaker and get some info from him because I know that there are websites to teach teachers and parents about this issue. It is frightening for all kids.

    Susan  Pierson-Bacon

    Thank so much.

    susan stroebel

    I was able to research a little and there are lots of onluine resources for this. My favorite was http://www.netsmartz.org They have free lesson plans for K-12 including peer to peer plans and multi media resources. It is a good place to start!

    susan stroebel

    I found another resource. “Building Healthy Relationships across Virginia” http://www.vsdvalliance.org (Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance)

    susan stroebel

    also, for internet safety (this is now a HUGE issue). I recently went to a presentation and it was so frightening…for All girls, this is important. Teen boys are being paid by porn sites for pictures of women and “body parts” and girls with ID are particularly vulnerable. Here is one site I found with lesson plans: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech043.shtml

    susan stroebel
    Kathy Tuttle

    Good Evening! I work with Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant. I have a small rural middle school team that wants to create work based learning activities as exploration and incorporating the Academic Career Plan along with it. The guidance counselor is on the team! Any resources, examples, suggestions? I have lots of resources etc. for high school, but not as many for middle school. Thank You.

    Sarah Roberts

    Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for reaching out. You are right-a lot of the resources are aimed at older students. Have you considered the resrouces from I’m Determined (http://www.imdetermined.org/)? They have resources for all grade levels. Hope that helps!

    Kathy Tuttle

    Thanks. I had not thought of them specifically since I was looking for career exploration and work based learning. But it is does have all levels and lesson plans. Good idea! Thanks

    Juan Yanez

    I am currently looking for culturally sensitive assessments for a student from Mexico. What do you recommend?

    Doug Prentice

    Hi Dr. Morningstar!!!Although I can’t vouch for it’s cultural sensitivity, ESTR has a few Spanish version of their rating scales. My thought is the person analyzing the rating scales results would need to understand the language and culture to make it effective. Thank you Dr. Morningstar and Dr. Tracy!

    Bernadette Komenda

    We are looking for an Assessment that we can collect data from for our students that has a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 scaffolding for students success over time.

    Charles Jenkins

    Part of our curriculum includes Community Based Instruction where students access our community to practice whats learned in the classroom and practice public transportation skills. Is this consistent with what other Transition programs in the US are doing?

    Ann-Marie Gunn

    I found your website and viewed the webinar and I am so grateful for all of the information. I will spend time going through them and deciding on which domain(s) I want to focus on for the upcoming school year.