Listening to Your Child’s Voice While Building Independence

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A two-hour parent workshop featuring a parent panel. Introductory level, covers:

  • the importance of listening to your child’s voice when discussing the future
  • what to consider before your child becomes a legal adult
  • how to start building independence during the high school years
  • insights, personal stories and reflections from parents of students who have recently left high school


Course outline with timing

Objective: Parents will develop an increased understanding and concrete ideas about how they can help their child prepare for life after high school.

Topic Time Handouts
Introductions, do pre-test, review agenda 10 min
Age 18 – the age of majority 10 min None
IDEA vs ADA 10 min None
Listening to your child’s voice

  • parent panel
20 min None
Parent concerns, discussing the future

  • parent panel
25 min None

  • parent panel
20 min
Moving forward, final thoughts

  • parent panel
15 min None
Wrap up, post-assessment 10 min

Updated December 2015