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Research Article  |   May 2006
Evaluation Options for Secondary Transition Planning
Author Affiliations
  • Margaret R. Kardos, MS, OTR/L, is a doctoral student, University of Connecticut, A. J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, Connecticut 06030; mrkot@optonline.net
  • Barbara Prudhomme White, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire; bpwhite@maple.unh.edu
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / School-Based Practice / Assessment
Research Article   |   May 2006
Evaluation Options for Secondary Transition Planning
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2006, Vol. 60, 333-339. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.3.333
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2006, Vol. 60, 333-339. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.3.333
Abstract

This article presents a model evaluation plan conducted by occupational therapists that may be used to contribute information to the transition planning process in secondary school students with disabilities. Occupational therapists are not fully participating in transition services within secondary schools. One of the major obstacles to full participation identified in a previous research study by the authors of this article was that few occupational therapists were aware of appropriate evaluation options available for secondary transition planning. The authors in this article review the evaluation needs for secondary transition services in general, describe occupational therapy’s role in contributing to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and describe an evaluation method that gathers key information pertinent to the occupational therapy role. A case study is presented that illustrates how these assessment tools were applied to develop IEP goals in one student’s transition plan.