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Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA) : Developing a Personalized Transition Plan (Autism Speaks)

Description:

The transition out of school-based services for students with autism can be difficult. There is no "one size fits all" plan for the path to adulthood.

The most important factor in creating a plan is to focus on the individual. His or her strengths, needs, challenges and preferences will be vital to a successful transition process.

The CSA helps parents and professionals assess the current skill levels and abilities of students with autism beginning at age 12. The results will help you develop a unique and comprehensive plan.

The tool is divided into three levels based on age. Eight areas of functional life skills will be assessed:

  • Career path and employment
  • Self-determination/advocacy
  • Health and safety
  • Peer relationships, socialization and social communication
  • Community participation and personal finance
  • Transportation
  • Leisure/recreation
  • Home living skills

The assessment uses both observation and interviews to measure the individual's knowledge, skills and behaviors.

Tag(s):

After High School Assessment Assistive Technology Autism Spectrum Disorder Employment High School Independent Living Instructional Technology Middle School Parent/Family Postsecondary Education Self-Determination Social/Emotional Transition