ERIC Number: ED343310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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Getting Older: The Special Child Grows Up.
Smith, H. Carlton; And Others
Special Parent/Special Child, v8 n1 Jan-Feb 1992
This newsletter issue focuses on the specific concerns of many parents as their special child "ages out" of protected special education environments and moves into the adult world. It highlights the practical aspects of the transition years as well as the emotional components involved in "letting go." The newsletter's articles include "Aging Out...The Transition to Adulthood" by H. Carlton Smith, which emphasizes the importance in building a solid bridge between special education and adult programs and services, notes that planning for the future should begin before adolescence, outlines the parent's role in advocacy, and lists some sources of help. Several practical tips are then offered in the form of "do's" and "don'ts," such as seeking legal advice about guardianship and estate planning, and encouraging the special child to be as independent as possible. In "Letting Go: Samantha Grows Up," Linda Murphy describes her experience with a foster child with emotional disturbances and developmental disabilities. Samantha's progress in developing self-care skills and social skills led to her need for a community residence program where she formed friendships and found a balance of work and recreation, despite her foster mother's initial concerns. "When Parents 'Age Out,'" by George Popper, discusses common living arrangements for individuals with disabilities and parents' anxieties when they feel they are giving up their responsibilities as parents. (JDD)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Aging (Individuals), Anxiety, Attachment Behavior, Child Development, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Response, High Schools, Independent Living, Individual Development, Midlife Transitions, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Planning, Self Actualization, Separation Anxiety, Transitional Programs
Lindell Press, Special Parent/Special Child, P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($3.75 per issue).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
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