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Self-advocacy is the ability of your child to convey their needs by their own initiative. Your child should know what they do well, as well as areas they could improve upon. Your child should also be able to share what works for them to meet their needs. Understood.org has an excellent resource on developing self-advocacy, which you can access here.
All youth need a basic understanding of practical skills to ensure success in their adult lives. Here are a few life skills that your child should acquire:
Money management tasks including:
Food preparation/purchasing/safety tasks including:
Dressing tasks including:
Personal hygiene tasks including:
Housekeeping and maintenance tasks including:
Social skills including:
Employment skills including:
Responsibility in the community including:
Making decisions including:
Safety issues including:
Friendships are an integral part of life, and have a profound impact on a person's well-being. Friendships also allow for your child to form natural supports that will carry them throughout their educational careers. Some places to encourage your child to seek out friendships include:
Under IDEA, transition planning should occur by your child's 16th birthday. In Virginia, however, transition planning begins at age 14. Be sure to bring it up at your child's IEP meeting if the school has not already done so.
We cannot stress the importance of being placed on the waiver wait list early. If you have not applied by this time, it is critical you do so now.