Lifespan Series: Transition to Adulthood

Transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, to another. For you and your child, transition means that he/she is moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life. Opening this door to the future can be a time of mixed feelings and emotions.  Students and their families are leaving the familiarity of a school to enter a brand new world.  This time period can often be described as:

  • Stressful- Inviting a whole new team of people into your lives
  • Exciting-Full of possibility and time to create new opportunities
  • Confusing-Having to learn a whole new language, rules and culture
  • Life changing- entering a whole new world!
  • Frustrating –Knowing what services your family member may need and not being able to receive them

There are many things to think about and do to prepare for this change. Transition isn’t about a meeting but a time to reflect on choices and decisions that you and your son/daughter make to help plan for a full and meaningful life.  It is important to remember that you and your son/daughter are not alone and there are many, many helpful resources, books and stories to learn from. We hope that you use these guides to help you think about some of the questions to ask, options to consider, and things to talk about with your transitioning youth.

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