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Effective Transition Planning for Students with ASD

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

transition planning

Presented by Nina Finkler M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, president of Nina Finkler Autism Services
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle


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The main purpose of IDEA is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to … prepare them for further education, employment and independent living…” In order for the last part to be accomplished, effective transition planning must occur.

While transition planning is one of the most important parts of a student’s education, it is often misunderstood and mishandled. IDEA states that transition planning is required to start at age 16, but the truth is planning and discussion about post-21 should start as early as possible. The earlier the team (school, parent and student) starts discussing transition, the earlier the student’s educational program can incorporate instruction. Many skills will require years to introduce, develop, master and generalize. Waiting too long may limit what a student can achieve during the years of guaranteed entitlement.

The process of transition planning should not fall solely on the school district. Educators can  help parents play an active role in planning as well as providing opportunities for instruction within the home and community. When having the discussion about transition, there are five critical skill areas that must be considered and included in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  These areas are:

  • Communication
  • Socialization
  • Behavior Skills
  • Independence
  • Leisure Skills

This webinar focused on these five critical areas and their importance. Specific strategies for incorporating these skills into the IEP, classroom, and home will be discussed. Finally, discussion about how educators can help parents understand their role in the transition process will occur.

This recorded webinar will benefit preschool through high school educators, CST, and administrators.

Nina FinklerNina Finkler is the president of Nina Finkler Autism Services, LLC based in East Windsor, New Jersey. Ms. Finkler has over twenty years of experience working in the field of autism. Her experience includes extensive practical application of applied behavior analysis, curriculum development, professional/parent training, consultation, and assessment. Ms. Finkler has presented at both the state and national levels on various topics including effective teaching strategies for students with autism, behavior management strategies, and educational assessment. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Rutgers University and is a New Jersey licensed Learning Consultant and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. Finkler is on the advisory board of National Autism Resources.




monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.

star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!

vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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