Movement from school to adult activities
The philosophy of our secondary transition classrooms is based on current research and awareness of “best practice” instructional models. Transition in The Day School at The Children's Institute is a coordinated set of activities which promotes movement from school to adult activities based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account the student’s preferences, interests and developmental level. Our program is designed within an outcome-oriented process which targets areas of post secondary education/training, employment and community living. These outcomes always aim for the greatest level of independence possible for the student. Family involvement and participation in the student’s program is crucial in determining goals and in working towards these goals across all environments.
The essential ingredients for the highest level of independence can include:
- interagency collaboration and visits to post-secondary placements
- in-house volunteer work placements which can include some aspect of working in the school store, working in our student run card company, school cafeteria setup/cleanup, mail delivery, recycle pick-up, paper product delivery, simulated classroom work production experiences, hygiene supply delivery, working as a greeter, etc.
- placements in part-time pre employment/vocational training facilities for future competitive, supportive and work activity center employment opportunities
- networking with community mental health agencies
- placements in part-time therapeutic activity center programs and residential facilities to determine future independent living arrangements after graduation
- access to community resources and programs
- access to public transportation
- access to local recreation and leisure opportunities
- community integration and peer inclusion as possible and where appropriate