Developing a Transition Plan that Supports a Healthy Adulthood
A transition plan uses the information from a transition timeline much like a trip plan uses a road map. The transition plan outlines the specific supports and experiences parents want to put in place to help their child reach the goal of being a healthy and thriving adult. The activities, programs, and supports in a transition plan should be designed to help their child reach the developmental milestones on this map by:
- reducing the uncertainty associated with expectations,
- creating positive experiences to nurture resiliency and a sense of competency,
- building a support network so that they can create a fulfilling and healthy adult life.
When youth reach the age of adulthood, there are many new skills and different expectations to learn. Supporting children with NDD to become as independent and fulfilled as possible is important for a number of reasons:
- Mental health and well-being may be improved considerably for individuals with NDD when they are supported to be as independent as possible. A sense of achievement, confidence, competence, and meaning are vital to having a fulfilled
life regardless of neurological ability. Self-esteem and mental wellness are closely linked to a sense of accomplishment and having meaningful connection to the world of adults.
- All individuals have a right to a fulfilled life. As a society we believe strongly in people’s right to live healthy and have an independent life. We all have a right to services that will help us live the fullest life possible. Transition planning
helps individuals access the services and supports they need to reach this goal.
- Inclusivity contributes to a stronger society and stronger individuals. Inclusion in our community through work and leisure pursuits requires planning, training, and support so that people can find their optimal level of independence
in these activities. Just as with all of us, people with NDD have a lot to contribute to our communities and society.
Parental Considerations when Youth Reach Adulthood
Parents have many things to consider when planning for their child’s transition to adulthood. When children become adults, their relationship with their parents changes. Parents become less involved in the everyday decisions of their child’s life, and
their child is expected to be more independent. It is important to incorporate this change in family dynamic in the transition plan. Parents need to become even more creative, flexible, and collaborative in the way that they support their child.
Click on the video below to learn about important considerations for parents when their children reach the age of adulthood.ults with NDD need skill training and support to have security and safety in their physical, financial, and emotional health. A supportive social network, good relationships, meaningful work, and opportunities to challenge and expand their personal interests help to meet these needs. A good transition plan for adulthood builds skills throughout childhood and adolescence, and then helps the person with NDD apply these skills to create wellness in their life.