Journey to Adulthood (Transition Guide)

by Mary Mazzoni on May 14, 2012

Today we’ll look at a valuable free tool that you and your teen can use to map out plans in every area of life.

The Journey to Adulthood Transition Travel Guide uses a road trip theme.

How about some traveling music? Here’s a 70′s coming-of age classic set to video that evokes a spirit of freedom and adventure.

Take a moment to enjoy it, won’t you? (I’ll wait.)

Helps us remember whose life we’re talking about, right? Our teen’s self determination should drive transition planning. Our child’s unique goals and preferences should steer the course.

But we need to understand the lay of the land. The Journey to Adulthood Transition Travel Guide can help.

The tool was developed by Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Lexington, in Collaboration with the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the University of Kentucky. It uses plain language and a user-friendly format to help you and your teen consider options related to:

  • Career planning
  • Postsecondary education and training
  • Wellness and health care transition
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Legal rights and responsibilities
  • Finances
  • Friends and fun

It’s 100 pages. Too much to take in all at once, that’s for sure. But it is a friendly document. You and your teen can travel with it throughout the teen years. It will help you both see the big picture, as your child journeys on toward adulthood.

You can download a pdf copy of the Journey to Adulthood Transition Travel Guide here.

Photo Credit – “Velocity” by¬†Robert S. Donovan at Flickr

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Sue Adelman March 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

So glad I found your site. So much good information for our journey.


Mary Mazzoni March 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

Welcome, Sue! Thanks for your encouraging words!
I love your website – Raise Expectations – especially your daughter’s blog posts!
Following you on Facebook now – and so glad our paths have crossed on the journey!


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