During this time period it’s more important than ever to make sure your teen is involved with fun recreational activities. This will help to ensure that your child is being exposed to social activities where he or she is getting the mental, physical and social stimulation we all need. Again, continuing to access and understand the educational process for your child and utilizing Wrightslaw will be critical to your child’s academic success.
Don’t forget if your child qualifies to receive services offered by the The Agency for Persons with Disability it will be critical for you to sign your child up before their 18th birthday.
- At 14 years old you need to start talking with your teen’s school about transition to adulthood. Your school does not need to write a transition plan yet, but discussions about a future transition plan should occur. You also need to start talking with your teen, if appropriate, about what they want to do after they graduate from school. It is never too early to start thinking about and making plans for what comes next.
- During this time, questions such as: “Is my teen child on a regular education college bound path?” or “Is a vocational/supported employment path more appropriate?” or “Is an adult day training program the way to go?” should be pondered. By thinking about future directional options, this will help you and your growing teen to be prepared for what’s to come. Also start exploring volunteer opportunities for your child to become involved in. If your child has a love for animals have them try volunteering at an animal shelter or Southeast Guide Dogs or if your child has a love of books have them volunteer at the library. Volunteering in our community can open up a wide variety of future and possible job opportunities for your child.