Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Transition
Special Education
Meet the critical requirements of IDEA's Indicator 13 and prepare students with significant disabilities for a smooth transition to adulthood. This how-to guide is packed with practical strategies, tools, checklists, and lesson plans for teaching key skills.
71929 978-1-59857-192-9
2012 168
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To meet the high-stakes requirements of IDEA's Indicator 13, professionals need proven and practical ways to support successful transitions for young adults with significant disabilities. Now there's a single guidebook to help them meet that critical goal—straight from David Test, one of today's most highly respected authorities on transitions to adulthood.

Packed with down-to-earth, immediately useful transition strategies, this book has the evidence-based guidance readers need to help students with moderate and severe disabilities prepare for every aspect of adult life, from applying for a job to improving social skills. Special educators, transition specialists, guidance counselors, and other professionals will discover how to'

  • align instruction with IDEA requirements. Get tips and tools to ensure full compliance with Indicator 13, including a checklist that shows at a glance whether an IEP meets the requirements.
  • pinpoint student needs and interests with formal and informal assessment strategies.
  • strengthen IEPs with measurable, relevant, and specific postsecondary goals.
  • teach students the skills needed to succeed. Lesson plan starters, drawn from evidence-based practices identified by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, make it easy to teach employment skills, life skills, and academic skills
  • use the most effective instructional strategies, such as mnemonics, response prompting, peer assistance, visual displays, and computer-assisted instruction.
  • assess effectiveness of instruction. Get a quick guide to the who, what, when, and why of data collection.
  • increase student and family involvement in transition planning—the best way to ensure positive outcomes that reflect a student's individual choices.

Readers will help make transition as seamless as possible with practical materials that guide the planning process, including IEP templates and worksheets, checklists and key questions, thumbnails of key research studies, and sample scenarios that show teaching strategies in action.

An essential road map for all professionals involved in transition planning, this book will help ensure that students with moderate and severe disabilities reach their destination: a successful adult life that reflects their goals and dreams.

The book is part of theBrookes Publishing Transition to Adulthood Series

Series Preface
Editorial Advisory Board
About the Author
About the Contributors

1. Transition-Focused Education
David W. Test

Taxonomy for Transition Programming
Transition-Focused Education and Standards-Based Education
Overview of This Book
For Further Information

2. Transition Assessment for Instruction
Dawn A. Rowe, Larry Kortering, & David W. Test

Transition Assessments: The Key to a Transition-Rich Individualized Education Program
Definition and Types of Transition Assessment
Using Transition Assessment to Write Postsecondary Goals
Using Transition Assessment to Write Present Levels of Performance
Using Transition Assessment to Write Annual Individualized Education Program Goals
Using Transition Assessment to Determine Transition Services
Using Transition Assessment to Guide Instruction
Transition Assessment and Indicator 13
For Further Information

3. Teaching Strategies
Sharon M. Richter, April L. Mustian, & David W. Test

Instructional Content: Finding Balance
Community-Based and Community-Referenced Instruction
Simulated Instruction
The Recommendation: Pair Simulated Instruction with Community-Based Instruction
Selecting Evidence-Based Instructional Practices for Simulated Instruction and Community-Based Instruction
Task Analysis with Whole Task Chaining
Self-Management via Audio Prompting
Training for Generalization
For Further Information

4. Data Collection Strategies
Valerie L. Mazzotti & David W. Test

Dimensions of Behavior
Data Collection Strategies
Data Collection Issues
For Further Information

5. Student-Focused Planning
Nicole Uphold & Melissa Hudson

Student-Focused Planning
Rationale for Involving Students in Transition Planning
Steps for Involving Students in the Transition Planning Process
For Further Information

6. Student Development: Employment Skills
Allison Walker & Audrey Bartholomew

Least-To-Most Prompting
Community-Based Instruction
Computer-Assisted Instruction
Response Prompting
For Further Information

7. Bound for Success: Teaching Life Skills
April L. Mustian & Sharon L. Richter

What Are Life Skills?
Why Is Life Skills Instruction Different?
Importance of Life Skills Instruction
Evidence-Based Practices in Life Skills Instruction
Types of Instruction Used in Life Skill Development
For Further Information

8. Strategies for Teaching Academic Skills
Allison Walker & Kelly Kelley

Technology-Based Instruction
Academic Peer Assistance
Visual Displays
How Can Teachers Use These Interventions within One Lesson?
For Further Information



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Diane Bassett, University of Northern Colorado - August 1, 2011
"This text provides literally dozens of practical strategies grounded in tested research and proven to aid students with disabilities in the transition process. A must for anyone who seeks clear and positive ways to improve students' skills."
Erik Carter, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University - August 1, 2011
"Incredibly practical, yet grounded solidly in the best of what we know works . . . For middle and high teachers committed to evidence-based instruction, this is the book to read."
Colleen Thoma, VCU School of Education - August 1, 2011
"An essential addition to the tool belt of anyone who is a transition stakeholder . . . If you are looking for a book that guides you step by step through the assessment, instructional delivery, and data collection/analysis processes, this is it."
Harold Kleinert, University of Kentucky - August 1, 2011
"Provides a wealth of information for teachers whose students are preparing for transition to adult life . . . an invaluable resource for practitioners."
Donna Wandry, Professor, Special Education; Chair, Department of Special Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania - August 1, 2011
"Dr. Test has built a bridge from transition-related research to practice in an exemplary fashion . . . This text provides a clear road map supported by the assurance that the path taken has a solid research foundation."