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IEP Transition Goals: Preparing Your Teenager to be a Young Adult

Preparing for life as a young adult is challenging for any high school student — which couldn’t be truer for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). That’s why transition plans are accessible to all students with an IEP.

Transition plans help teenagers prepare for young adulthood not just in terms of education, but life in general. They involve setting IEP transition goals based on career and life aspirations, defining the activities necessary to reach those goals, and connecting the student with any necessary resources and services along the way.

In this article, we will explain more about what transition plans are, what’s involved in setting IEP transition goals and provide advice on how to create an effective plan for a successful transition into young adulthood.

What is An IEP Transition Plan

A transition plan is a requirement of a student’s IEP, as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Law requires that students with an IEP are entitled to transition planning services as part of the first IEP that goes into effect when the student turns 16.

While a transition plan is required to go into effect no later than the age of 16, the planning process can begin much earlier than that. The student and the IEP team can begin working together on building the plan when the student is 15, 14, or whenever is deemed necessary.

The purpose of creating IEP transition goals is to ensure the teen’s final high school years are relevant to their future plans. The student and the IEP team will set postsecondary goals based on the teen’s aptitudes, abilities, and personal goals for their life after high school.

Parents and teens are very much involved in the process of creating the transition plan. In fact, with the goal being to prepare a teen to become an independent young adult, the child will be encouraged to play a leading role in the development of their transition plan.

Transition plans are an ongoing process. That means progress toward achieving IEP transition goals will be monitored. Data will be collected and assessments will be made which could lead to adjustments to the plan.

Setting IEP Transition Goals

Setting measurable, realistic, and attainable transition goals starts with focusing on a student’s strengths and talents, and figuring out what they want to do with those after high school. Goals should also be designed to teach a student more about independent living skills.

It helps to start by setting a career goal and then working backward to figure out what the student will need to get there. This can include postsecondary training, required high school courses, supports needed along the way, etc.

As part of setting transition goals, it’s also a requirement to list which services are required to help the child reach those goals. Specific transition planning programs students can participate in will vary depending on your county and school district.

We’ll provide you with some examples, but for exact information on the types of transition programs available in your area check with your Department of Education.

Examples of Transition Planning Programs

  • School-to-Work: This program prepares students with disabilities for obtaining employment. This can include learning how to find a job, how to interview for a job, how to keep a job, and so on.
  • Internships: Through internships at participating employers, students may be able to obtain practical on-the-job skills.
  • Transition Partnership Project: This program provides students with the service coordination, job development, and job coaching required to obtain paid employment related to a specific goal.
  • Adult Transition Programs: These are offered to students over the age of 17 and emphasize teaching the student more about independent living and being self-sufficient.

Other resources may include local youth employment programs, summer jobs for youth programs, and local vocational centers offering training for specific occupations.

Assisting Your Child With IEP Transition Goals

In addition to the services and programs your child is entitled to have access to, there are a number of things you as a parent can do to help your child transition into adulthood.

For example, assigning weekly chores and daily responsibilities can help prepare your child for living independently. As a parent, you can also teach your child how to manage money, how to cook their own meals, how to schedule their time and keep appointments, how to get from point A to point B, and so on.

Encourage your child to network with older relatives to learn more about their careers. If and when your child has a career goal in mind, look into visiting potential colleges and workplaces.

Conclusion

IEP transition goals should be designed to create a concrete action plan for postsecondary success in school and day-to-day life. If you would like to learn more about your child’s talents and strengths as the starting point for their IEP transition plan, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

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Verbal-Linguistic Learner

Part 7 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Verbal linguistic learning style is contained in Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences as one of the 8 different learning styles. Those who have this learning style excel at reasoning, solving problems, and learning using language.

The verbal-linguistic learner prefers a style that involves both the written and spoken word. Those who have this learning style find it easy to express themselves, both verbally and in the written form. Simply put, they love reading and writing.

They would rather solve a math word problem than solve an equation. Math isn’t really their thing anyway though, they would much rather be absorbed in a written project, speech and drama classes, debates, journalism, and language classes.

A verbal-linguistic learner likes to eat up words in all of their many uses, such as in tongue twisters, rhymes, and limericks. This type of learner digs deep beneath the surface to discover the meaning of many words, and are obsessed with learning new words to add to their vocabulary.

This type of learner is naturally fascinated by words and language, so even if a verbal-linguistic learner is not being pushed hard enough in school you can find them pushing themselves in other ways. Usually in the form of poetry or songwriting.

One of the traits of this type of learner is using recently learned words and phrases they have picked up, in conversations with others. They are good listeners and have a great ear for picking up and recalling new information, especially if that new information has to do with words.

Teaching a Verbal-Linguistic Learner

  • Make Everything More Verbal: If you are teaching a verbal-linguistic learner, you should only be using techniques that involve written or verbal communication. Whenever possible, find ways to add more speaking and writing when performing routine techniques. 
  • Show and Tell: If you’re showing a verbal-linguistic learner how to do something, it would help them if you talked yourself through the various steps; including what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and why it is being done in that order.
  • Understand Their Learning Style: The number one thing you can do as a teacher is take the time to understand each individual child’s learning style. As a result, he or she may have some career options in mind that are different from what you had envisioned.
  • Potential Career Choices: Verbal-linguistic learners are naturally drawn to the following types of careers:
    • English teacher
    • Professional writer
    • News correspondent
    • Attorney
    • Publicist
    • Advertising agent
    • Psychologist
    • Speech pathologist
    • Editorial

Could you see your child in any of the above careers? With their type of learning style and natural ability to excel at reading and writing, they’re already at a natural competitive advantage.

Use these tips to help your child excel in school by learning in a way where they feel most comfortable. If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explores the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

This is part 7 in our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view Part 6.

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Musical Learner

Part 6 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

A musical learner may also be referred to as an aural learner, or an auditory-musical-rhythmic learner. Individuals with this learning style prefer to work with sound and music; they have a natural aptitude for pitch and rhythm.

Singing and/or playing an instrument comes easily to a musical learner. They can also pick out sounds and musical pieces that their peers might not. This includes the sound of different instruments, and background music being played in movies or TV shows.

Musical learners excel in the type of setting where they can hear music but also hear the relationship and patterns between those sounds.

Music is constantly on the mind of a musical learner, to the point that you can often find them humming or tapping along to a jingle in their head. Try as they might, having songs and jingles stuck in the head of a music learner is unavoidable — they pop into the individual’s head without being prompted.

Motivations of a Musical Learner

Individuals with an auditory learning style have a strong desire to work in the field of music as a career choice. This could include playing music, conducting music, composing music, or audio engineering in a sound studio.

When it comes to learning new information, musical learners utilize sound, rhyme, and music as a means of association and visualization. That’s because sound recordings provide background info about the subject, as well as help to facilitate visualization.

For example, if the individual is motivated to become a music conductor, listening to live orchestral recordings on a headset can be used to create visualizations. It can also strengthen the association in the person’s mind between a music conductor and orchestral music pieces.

Music itself can also be a motivator. Music evokes all kinds of mental states in people, not just musical learners. Music can make you feel happy, sad, angry, energized, or ready to chill out. Auditory learners should make note of which songs make them feel energized, and play them back when they need that extra boost of motivation.

Use your child’s fascination with music to their advantage. You know some people turn information into an acronym to help them remember it better? Such as “ROY G BIV”, which represents all the colors of the rainbow in that order. Well, musical learners can follow the same kind of idea, except turn the information into a musical chant. Then all they have to do is sing the chant back to themselves to recall the information.

Teaching a Musical Learner

Just as it is important to know what you can to do help musical learners, it’s just as important to know what to avoid. Here are some helpful tips:  

  • Avoid quiet environments: Avoiding putting musical learners in a completely quiet environment. When in a room that’s devoid of sound, the individual will eventually begin to create their own by humming or tapping out songs and jingles.
  • Embrace “noisy” study time: Do not encourage quiet reading or writing time. While that may sound perfectly acceptable for other individuals with different learning styles, it does no favors for musical learners. Musical learners benefit from being able to hear their words spoken out loud before writing them down. Reading out loud is also encouraged.
  • Be patient: Above all, do not get frustrated or annoyed by the song-singing, toe-tapping musical learners. Instead of trying to get them to adapt to your way of teaching, incorporate music into your lessons somehow. Who knows, it might make the learning experience more enjoyable for all.

Musical learners can learn just as well as any other child, they just have a specific style that suits them. Use these tips to help your child excel in school by learning in a way where they feel most comfortable. If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

This is part 6 of our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view Part 5.