Transitions

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Children with special needs face unique life challenges that require special attention, but with information, thoughtful planning, and targeted intervention many issues can be mitigated. I know that, as a parent, you are doing the best you can. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Help is available.

I support children and their families with dignity and respect, and with an eye toward individualizing each program to fit each family’s circumstances.

Secondary Transition Consulting

The transition from school to adulthood often called the secondary transition is one of the hardest times.

I know that, as a parent, you are doing the best you can. All you want is the best for your child. But sometimes, there is just too much to figure out by yourself. You may be asking yourself some of these questions:

  • What do you do with all the information you have?
  • What does it take to have a thoughtful transition plan?
  • What about all the intervention paths available?

The good news is that you are NOT alone in this journey you are taking with your child. Working with a Secondary Transition Specialist that has experience with school and adult services, can equip your family with the necessary tools to support your child in this transition.

I love to help children and their families. I work with the child and family respecting what is said as I help individualize each program to fit each family’s needs. In the end, you will have a dignified path for your child and family to follow.

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Positive Parenting   ABA Services

Father and son

Having a child with special needs headed into adulthood can be a lot. It can be confusing and extremely overwhelming trying to provide the right amount of care and the right amount of “letting go.”

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques can help children with special needs learn independence skills to increase independence. ABA uses scientific evidence to help you learn the skills necessary to positively guild your child into adulthood. 

The idea of parenting through ABA focuses on empowering parents by providing tools necessary to cause successful behavior change and development.  This helps the child, as well as the parent, reduce negativity, feeling guilty, or frustration.

Perhaps you have questions like:

  • What about safety?
  • What about school challenges?
  • How do we work on independent living skills?
  • What are the basic activities for daily living (ADL) that my child can learn?
  • How do I increase my child’ss community involvement?

All of these questions can be answered through ABA.

This program is based solely on what is most important to you, your home, and your family. I will help guide you to know and understand the skills necessary to help your child learn and grow.

I will assess your family situation and develop a program that fits into your life and family. Once this is complete, we will have a discussion and you will be able to put the program into place to help your child transition into adulthood.

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Self-Determination Program

Making decisions

The purpose of the Self-Determination Program in California to help individuals with disabilities have a better plan for their life. This program can be for children and adults. It is a two-step process for the individual.

The first step is to create a Person-Centered Plan. This plan helps identify the strengths, preferences, needs, and desired outcomes of the individual. This can include areas the individual wants to excel in.

The second step of the process is creating a budget with the Regional Centers and spending plan. This is important as we want the individuals to be able to function and live as independently as possible.

So, if you have questions like:

  • How can I maximize the services I have?
  • How can I choose my own staff? 
  • Can I pay for recreational activities with my budget?

This is the program for you!

I have supported more than 20 individuals through the Self-Determination process in four Regional Centers as an Independent Facilitator (IF).

I love being able to help guide individuals through the Self-Determination process. It is a journey, but with a helping hand, you are never alone. I would love to help change your life.

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I support families and their children with special needs helping them create the best possible future. I individualize my services to fit each family’s unique needs.

Now offering a TeleHealth option, please contact me for more information

Claudia works with a broad range of individuals with varying needs, abilities and disabilities:

  • Autism/ASD

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Developmental disabilities (DD)

  • Intellectual disabilities (ID)

  • Down syndrome

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Asperger syndrome (AS)

  • Learning disabilities (LD)

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    I created The Secondary Transition Checklist to clarify the process of assisting children with disabilities transition to adulthood.