Soaring Heights School in State College conducted the second in a series of three free parent trainings on Thursday, March 7.

Soaring Heights School Transition Coordinator Rebekah Laird discussed the transition services available to students on the spectrum. She reviewed the IEP process that enables and drives job skill development and, ultimately, independent living.

All students with individual education plans (IEPs) turning 14 years of age are required to work on career preparation, job skills training, and job shadowing, with the eventual goal of job placement. Students at SHS State College can also obtain more job training through the Hiram G. Andrews Center, a vocational rehabilitation facility for individuals with autism.

The training connected parents and students to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and other programming that follows the student through job training and placement. Students on the spectrum often struggle once high school is over because the school’s supports are removed. Students and parents need to be set up for supports that carry into adulthood.

The final spring parent training offering will a discussion of autism “hot topics.” Parents and the community at large will be able to explore current research and trends about autism. Dr. Melissa Hunter will be presenting.

Please call 814-325-2131 to reserve your spot, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Soaring Heights School provides educational and behavioral programming for students in grades K through 12 with ASD, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.