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Transition Goals and Objectives

IEP goals, during the transition process, need to address the skills necessary to function in the adult world. These goals need to be an integral part of a student’s IEP throughout high school. The closer your youth is to completing his/her education, the more you will realize the importance of having this type of goal addressed. Try to develop & prioritize only as many goals as can realistically be accomplished. Too many goals may be confusing and/or counterproductive. The best transition planning will result in IEP goals that are most suited to learning the skills one will need to succeed after high school. Most likely, these transition goals will encompass aspects of some or all of the following areas:

Continuing Education
Independent Living


The following sections contain more details about these areas, but remember it is the entire team’s responsibility to ensure they are addressed, not just yours and not just the schools. Remember that the most effective transition planning occurs when a team begins as early as possible, although it is a requirement of special education law to begin the process at least by the age of 14. It is always beneficial to have an eye on the future whenever an IEP is written for any age child as well as when determining related activities at home.

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Introduction | Federal Definition of Transition Services
Transition Planning | Critical Connections | Other Useful Information