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Activities at Home to Promote Transition Skills

September 2020

Getting ready to transition to adult life requires a great deal of preparation beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the high school and young adult years. While schools are essential partners with families in this preparation, there are many things that can be done by families on their own at home.

The resources on this page provide activities that you and your child can do together to help them prepare for employment, future education, and living as independently as possible. 

Additional resource:

Young girl sitting at a desk looking with excitement at a computer screen. She is wearing glasses and has a cochlear implant.
A young man who is deaf-blind is sitting at a table cooking carrots and potatoes on an electronic cooking device.
A young man is standing by a bed that contains clothing items. He is attaching a hangar to a pair of pants.
A young man who is deaf-blind is taking a dish out of a dishwasher.

Practice Everyday Skills

Transition Activities (from Perkins Paths to Transition)
A variety of ideas to incorporate independent living skills into daily routines, for students of any age.

Activities from NCDB's READY Tool:

Create a Portfolio

A portfolio is a way for your child to organize and share important information about who they are with others. They should be told from the child or youth's point of view.

Transition Portfolios (from Perkins Paths to Transition)
Provides suggestions and examples of what to include in a portfolio, such as information about communication, mobility, and health.

Transition Guide for Students who are Deaf-Blind
See the "Transition Student Portfolio," on pages 29-51. It provides a structure for a portfolio that can be completed by children or youth and their families. From the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities.

Plan for Work or College

Talk to Your Child About Employment: A Checklist for Parents

Online Activities that Help Prepare for College Transition