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Self-

Determination

Practical Strategies for Developing Self-Determination Skills 2

Develop your own desired post-school outcome statement.

Have your son or daughter complete Dare to Dream Revised, Product #ESE 10583.

Have your son or daughter write, draw, or identify pictures that describe the desired post-school outcome.

Encourage your son or daughter to identify his or her strengths and needs.

Have your son or daughter develop written or picture charts to show his or her strengths and needs in the transition services activity areas (e.g., Instruction, Employment, Related Services, Community Experiences, and Post-School Adult Living).

Have your son or daughter identify academic strengths and needs by reviewing his or her classes.

Explain accommodations and modifications.

Consider using the guide, Accommodations and Modifications: What parents need to know, Product #ESE 10753, to help your son or daughter understand what accommodations he or she may be able to use.

Review Transition IEP goals.

  • Provide your son or daughter with a copy of his or her previous Transition IEP.
  • Provide opportunities for your son or daughter to identify and discuss progress on his or her Transition IEP goals.
  • Provide opportunities for your son or daughter to develop his or her own Transition IEP goals based on his or her identified post-school outcome statement and strengths and needs.

Write personal letters of invitation for teachers, parents and agency personnel to attend your Transition IEP meetings.
(This does not replace the required Notice of Conference sent by the school.)

Participate in mock Transition IEP meetings.
(Ask your parents or teachers about role-playing meetings.)

Provide opportunities for your son or daughter to explore post-school options
(e.g., employment, vocational/technical schools, state college system (community colleges), universities, living arrangements, recreation and leisure, and community service).

Encourage your son or daughter to participate in paid and/or non-paid work experience to explore employment options.

Allow your son or daughter to visit different settings and discuss post-school opportunities, such as work sites, vocational/technical schools, state colleges (community colleges), and universities.

Encourage your son or daughter to explore his or her desired career (e.g., Internet research, interviews with persons employed in your son or daughter's desired career).

Use newspapers, apartment guides, and real estate guides to discuss the differences in renting, leasing, buying a home and the costs of these options.
Have your son or daughter identify recreation and leisure activities within hisor her community that provide opportunities for fun (e.g., bowling, movies, fishing,swimming).

Encourage your son or daughter to participate in community service options (e.g., hospital volunteers, mentors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters).

Assist your son or daughter with developing a portfolio.

An updated Transition IEP, copies of birth certificate, social security number, assessment scores, psychological testing, learning style, Grade Point Average, class rank, honors or awards, work evaluations, work experiences, and other related information.


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