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Transition Support/Leaving School

Often individuals with ASD demonstrate resistance to change because of impaired flexibility of thought, and the concept of transition is a difficult one. Thus the function of preparing individuals for transition, especially when leaving school is fundamental.

The student’s current and future needs are central to the process of identifying the most appropriate route for the ‘life after Wargrave’.

A number of options will be considered:
  • Further Education in a mainstream college with an appropriate level of support
  • Further Education in a specialist college with/without a residential element
  • Supported living
  • Employment
Discussion and formulation of the transition plans usually take place in the first year of placement at Lakeside through the annual review procedure. A multi-disciplinary approach is essential and parents, professionals and students are encouraged to consider the options available including undertaking visits to other provisions, often with the support of the school’s Family Liaison Officer.

This transition plan and progress towards the objectives are reviewed and updated formally through the annual review procedure and as necessary throughout the year in conjunction with Connexions, Social Services and others supporting the individual child/young person.

In the final year prior to transition, school staff liaise closely with other provisions to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

School staff are able to provide support including:
  • Organising preliminary visits/taster sessions
  • Specialist advice for employers
  • Supporting funding applications
  • ‘Leaving Lakeside’ programme for students
In the final year prior to transition, school staff liaise with all parties concerned, to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. Support includes:
  • Facilitating preliminary visits/taster sessions
  • Specialist advice fro employers
  • Supporting funding applications
  • ‘Leaving Lakeside’ programme (students)
  • Formulating transition materials including final transition plan
  • Meeting with other providers to exchange information.




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