The last few years have been full of important life transitions in our family. One of them has been the transition of our son, Jeremy, out of mandated school services into adult life. Jeremy’s transition to adult services was not at all smooth despite our planning. The research we did to write our most recent book indicates that our experience with transition was not unusual. A proactive optimist at heart, I was not prepared for how laborious, discouraging and depressing the process would be. After much soul-searching I decided that if we were going to not only survive, but to actually enjoy a good quality of life in this new phase of our lives, we needed to make some changes on how we were approaching planning for the future.
Transition is a process, and with the right perspective it can be enriching and rewarding. We started by defining what was important to us based on our principles, exploring our options, envisioning and creating new ones and then developing a game plan and that worked for us.
Here are some recommended steps that we share in A Full Life With Autism to help you stay focused on what is important to you and your family, while you are helping a young person create a future worth living:
Focusing on what is important to your adult child and the family is empowering. By knowing what your goals are you will better prepared to analyze what your family’s needs are, the existing options and the creation of new ones. Remember it is a process, and do not get discouraged. Creating an adult life for anyone is quite a journey!
Next week, I hope to share some of my son's tips on this topic.
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