Below you will find a list of tasks that parents and caregivers may consider prior to their child transitioning from ABA to school. Families can also request a meeting with their team lead and BCBA to discuss the transition process listed below.
For our Quick Guide: Transition to School Slides made by BCBA Angie Robbins, click here.
Choose a school for your child to attend.
If you are considering schools outside of your neighborhood school, research schools in your area.
Request to tour schools that you are considering for your child.
If your desired school is not your child’s neighborhood school, request a transfer during the district’s transfer period, or fill out an application if it’s a private school.
Request a special education evaluation through email.
You can also ask for an FBA (Functional Behavior Analysis) and OT and Speech evaluations at this time, if appropriate.
Prepare for the IEP meeting.
Make a list of your child’s strengths.
Create a list of concerns you have for your child’s first year in school.
Set a list of goals you would like to see for your child, as well as supports that may be appropriate for them in a school setting.
Request a meeting to discuss services and supports for your child prior to their first day, if the school has not arranged one.
Support your child’s transition.
Tour the school and classroom with your child.
Request pictures of the school to make a social story book for your child, if appropriate.
You can ask that someone from the school observe your child at Cornerstone. This could be the special education teacher or school psychologist.
Consider applying for the Medicaid Waiver for additional supports outside of school, if you have not already done so.
Visit insource.org for more information about IEPs and parent and student rights.
This list is not meant to be all-inclusive and is not intended as legal advice. Consider reaching out to an advocate for more information specific to your child’s needs.