Chapter 10: Transition Planning and Life Skills


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Notes and Concepts


This chapter focuses on transition planning, including individualized transition plans (ITPs) and life skills/transition education for secondary-level students. These areas are extremely important to insure effective post secondary learning opportunities for students with learning and behavior problems.

Some Informal Assessment Ideas Suggested in This Chapter:


vertical and horizontal transition continuum

life skill domain assessment

models of adult functioning

secondary matrix: relationship of scholastic/social skills to adult domains

commercially available tests and procedures for assessing transition needs

transition checklists

Look for the following key concepts/ideas as you read:


  • fundamental issues related to transition

  • life skills and transition education

  • transition planning process


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Part 2: Study Questions

Transition relates to the movement from one situation to another.



Read Chapter 10. Use the following questions to guide your reading and find meaning in this chapter:

  • List the various transitions that exist across a person’s life span.

  • Identify key elements that contribute to successful transitions.

  • Compare and contrast the federal and professional definitions of transition.

  • Summarize major themes that should guide transition practice.

  • Explain the nature and implications of transition education.

  • Outline various approaches to teaching real-life content.

  • List key aspects of the transition planning process, including assessing transition needs and developing transition goals.

  • Summarize major components of the individual transition plan.

  • Describe the importance of active student involvement in the transition planning process.

  • Explain why it is important to begin discussion of transition/real-life topics as early as possible.

When you finish studying this chapter, please go to the class interactive pages and take the self test for Chapter 10.


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World Wide Web Resources



Examine the following World Wide Web links and consider their perspectives based on information from Chapter 10.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

Classroom Ideas for Life Skills!
This Website provides life skill classroom projects.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
This Website is sponsored by a nonprofit national vocational student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

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