Transition Program

Arlyn School recognizes the uniqueness of each student and also recognizes the growing need to assist students with disabilities who have completed graduation requirements yet still require further development. Arlyn School has expanded its Transition Program to offer a one or two year full-time or part-time placement for young adults between the ages of 17 and 21 to work towards post-secondary goals including self-determination, self-advocacy skills, community experiences and independent functioning to become successful and contributing members of society. Referrals are now being accepted for students eligible under SLD, ED, OHI and/or AUT (Asperger’s Syndrome) who need further support navigating the transition process due to a range of social, emotional, learning and attentional difficulties including:

  • Mood Disorders such as Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Dysthymic Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Social Phobia
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Specific Dual Diagnosis

Upon entering Arlyn’s Transition Program, students participate in an extensive vocational evaluation and consultation including interviews, observations, assessments and a review of records. The assessment data and information gathered is presented at a Transition Planning meeting in which the student, parents, Arlyn staff, school district representatives, and program consultants collaborate to develop an Individualized Transition Plan and to coordinate a flexible program that meets the student’s personal needs and supports post-secondary goals. Services take place during daytime and evening hours based on the student’s scheduled activities in the community. The student-centered and student-directed philosophy of the program empowers students to take responsibility for developing and implementing their transition plan.

Each student is assigned a Case Manager whose role is to be an advisor and coach, overseeing the student’s schedule and ensuring that all components of the student’s program are properly planned, implemented and regularly evaluated. Academic and transition specialists, utilizing a case management model, work with students to identify their strengths, needs, goals and appropriate accommodations through career and academic assessment, vocational counseling and transition planning. Students explore post secondary education and work place settings, establish career goals, and identify skills needed for a successful transition. The Transition Team of professionals who service each young adult student meet regularly to collaborate, review student progress and make necessary revisions to the program plan.

Transition Services and Supports

Community College/College/Vocational School transition support; Academic Tutoring; Vocational Counseling; Job Coaching; Self-advocacy Skills; Community Linkages; Internships – on and off campus; Community Integration Opportunities, including Volunteer Experiences; Community Exploration and Mobility Training; Career Exploration and Portfolio Development; Independent Living Skills, Career Education, and Consumer Education; Leisure and Social Experiences; Technology Support; Linkage with Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS);

Related Services

Art Therapy; Speech and Language Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Social Skills Instruction; Sensorimotor Treatment Program; Individual, Group, and Family Therapy; Flexible Hours during the day and evening;

Categories of Disabilities Served Under §14-7.02 of The School Code of Illinois

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Emotional Disturbance (ED) Other Health Impairment (OHI) Autism (AUT) – Asperger’s Syndrome Age Range: 17-21

By providing educational and therapeutic support while gradually increasing academic, social, and emotional demands, Arlyn’s Transition Program is a great way for students to enter community college, competitive employment or other post secondary settings while learning and practicing academic, social and pragmatic skills from a team of professionals providing intensive individualized support. If you are interested in exploring the Transition Program at Arlyn School, please contact the school and ask for a member of our Transition Admissions Team. Referrals are accepted from local public school districts, private providers, agencies and individuals. If interested in pursuing placement in the Transition Program educational, clinical and medical information along with an IEP and the most recent case study evaluation are required for consideration.