Best Practices in Transition to Adult Life for Youth With Intellectual Disabilities

The authors note that a number of best practices is recommended by researchers and professionals in the field of transition to improve postschool outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities. This study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 to examine whether best practices are predictive of postschool outcomes. The combination of five best practices was found to significantly predict employment, postsecondary education, and enjoyment of life outcomes after controlling for characteristics. In these analyses, parent expectations for employment and postsecondary education were some of the strongest predictors of postschool success. Although the authors note this study had several limitations, they conclude the findings suggest that best practices may be predictive of postschool success and highlight the importance of having high expectations for all youth.

Papay, Clare K.. & Bambara, Linda M. (2014). Best Practices in Transition to Adult Life for Youth With Intellectual Disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 37, 136-148.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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