Benefits of Vocational & Transitioning Program for ASD
Transition is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as a change from one form or type to another, or the process by which this happens.
In real life, transition can mean many things. But the most common meaning that we consider is changing from one aspect of life to another.
Transitions in general are difficult for everyone. They are even more difficult for children with ASD and their families. As we know, individuals with ASD rely heavily on routines, patterns, etc., and a shift in their schedule or lifestyle can be challenging for them. Big life changes such as graduating from school, college, and starting a new job can be especially complicated. To ease the stress that often accompanies such situations, preparatory activities should be employed to comfort and instill confidence in individuals with ASD.
Individualized educations programs are great for children who are transitioning to preschool from their home environment. Similarly transitioning programs are necessary for individuals with ASD who are transitioning from one aspect of their life to the next one. Support from parents, siblings, teachers, peers, and friends is crucial in their transition.
It’s never too late to start planning for transitioning programs. In fact, the sooner you start the better. The aim of transitioning programs is to gradually introduce individuals with ASD to an unfamiliar environment and/or setting. These programs help in developing specific functional skills, as well as social skills that would be helpful for individuals with ASD.
Functional skills are far too many to be listed here. However, one can describe functional skills as the essential skills needed to excel in one’s career. For instance, if your child wishes to work in a hospital, it is important to have a specified functional knowledge of how a hospital works.
Vocational programs provide individuals with ASD the opportunity to experience practical learning in a number of fields. These programs are focused more towards young adults who are transitioning into their new jobs. Vocational programs provide workplace experience by offering internships and/or mentorships. Such programs are usually tailored to specific job roles and job types.
Benefits of Transitioning Programs
Improves social skills
Improves functional skills such as time management, prioritizing, etc.
Improves communication skills
Service learning opportunities
Supported employment through the Workability Program;
Independent living skills
Benefits of Vocational Programs
Personal financial management
Job skills training
Both vocational and transitioning programs have their merits. We recommend speaking to an expert to make a well-informed decision about enrolling your child in a program.
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