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Transition Skills

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Beginning at age fourteen, students at the Campus School participate in Transition Skills classes. Transition skills are those skills that enhance the quality of adult life. For students with multiple disabilities, essential skills are those that increase independent choice and decision-making, and give students more control over activities in daily life.

Activities carried out as part of Transition Skills programming can include personal management, household chores, age-appropriate leisure activities, and opportunities to participate in community service. Activities are functional and meaningful to the students, and integrated with the classroom curriculum.

Assistive technology is an integral part of Transition Skills programming for students with physical disabilities. The Transition Skills classroom includes a wheelchair-accessible kitchen and a washer and dryer.

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A Message from the Transition Skills Coordinator

The process of transitioning your child from school to an adult program at age 22 can be confusing and stressful. At the Campus School, we are dedicated to ensuring that the process is as seamless and stress-free as possible. We begin planning for the student's transition at fourteen years of age. We will assist you throughout the process to help you and your child prepare for the change.

The Campus School staff provide training for you, as parents, on how the adult service system works. As the student nears the age of 22, the Campus School staff will assist you in finding the right program for your child. We continue to provide support both to your child and the new program after your student leaves, making sure that the new staff have all of the information they need to best serve your child.

As parents you have been, and will continue to be, the best advocate for your child. You have your own vision for your child's future and know your child's needs best. We are here to provide support and information, but all of the decisions are yours.

For more information about transition planning, contact:

Mary Lessard
617-552-8208
lessardm@bc.edu