Transition/Workplace Training
 
When students attain the age of 14 years 8 months teachers and support staff
begin actively discussing, preparing and transitioning into possible post school
options for the future. A Transition/Work experience teacher supports families
and their students with initiatives via the NDIS.

 
The students are assessed and prepared individually. Some of the common
methods used are social scripts, pre-placement visits, orientation and
familiarisation. The following is a short explanation of the procedures for
the transition program.
 
With the individual student in mind, I visit a workplace or day option site;
take photographs of the site and the people with whom they will be
working. As well, I photograph activities they will participate in e.g. Music
Therapy and the way that they will be transported to the site. These
pictures are used to make a book that will tell a story (Social Script) which
also assists the student to familiarise themselves with the surroundings
prior to their first visit. The cover page has a picture of the student and the
workplace/site to further personalise it.
 
To familiarise a student and the new staff, pre-placement visits are
organized. This staff member will also visit the school to meet the student
so that the student and staff member can get to know each other. The school
staff pass on relevant information/strategies to aid in understanding how to
best work with the student.
 
The orientation visits are initially short ones which are gradually increased
as the student feels more familiar with the placement. During these visits
the students engage in activities that they recognise and enjoy. Once the
student shows that they are engaging with their new environment the
school staff withdraws.
 
Bronwyn West
 
Transition Teacher
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