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With Regards To Creating A Successful Transition From Teenager In School To Young Adult, What Do You Do Without An IEP?

Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L

February 29, 2016

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My son had an IEP for years. He now wants to be a Marine, but he is struggling in math. The schools also do not teach life skills. What do you suggest?

Answer

Yes, this is a problem. That is absolutely one of the biggest problems that we are seeing. I think another question is, "Who will do the life skill teaching?" He no longer has an IEP, but remember he still has civil rights. He still would qualify for modifications. You can also use an advocate to help you with this process. 


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Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L

Pediatric occupational therapist, Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a veteran clinician specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder, reflex integration, and trauma informed care, and autism. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University. In addition to her longstanding work as a private practice OT, Cara is a successful entrepreneur, having started two companies. Her products can be found in special needs catalogues and websites across the US and UK. Cara’s latest venture is The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series. As an author, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two children with autism to parents, caregivers, families, and educators in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format.

Cara speaks regularly across the US and provides OT consultations, trainings, and seminars as The Pocket Occupational Therapist. She serves on the Advisory Board of Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine. Articles authored by Cara are featured in many special needs publications such as Autism File, Autism Parenting Magazine, and NewsLine. Cara is also a children’s YOGA instructor and Certified Irlen screener. Her son has Mitochondrial Disease and lives with severe restrictions of the disorder. Cara and her son co-authored the book, My Mighty Mito:  A Book for Children with Mitochondrial Disease.


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