Teens with intellectual disabilities require adequate transition plans for life after high school. My Book "Lost & Found" provides first-hand experience of what happens when effective adult transition planning before high school graduation is not set in place. Learn where to start, how to start, and what needs to be in place before high school graduation. After reading “Lost & Found,” parents don't have to wonder what’s next. I have provided step-by-step guidance and resources to help you find clarity and direction in this new season of parenthood. After closing the pages of my book, the support doesn't end there. My services are designed to support parents from beginning to end. The first step is understanding the value of the IEP. It is designed to help children with exceptional needs prepare for further education, employment and independent living. There is a very important section of the IEP called the “Transition Plan.” This is where the magic happens. I provide individual and group IEP coaching, adult transition support, and parent training on how to secure financial and community services. Finally get some rest tonight. Above all, my goal is to provide a safe space for parents, educators and supporters of exceptional students to share their ups and downs as they journey through this transition period with their child. Let’s discuss what working together would look like. Schedule a 20 minute consultation today!
I'm a mother of 6. My 16 year old is Autistic and Epileptic. When I met with Angie in March he was getting ready to turn 16. It was the middle of COVID and I was so saddened by the digression Christian had taken being at home and doing school virtually. I was being told by mothers in online communities that I should be preparing for him entering adulthood. And quite frankly all I had focused on for the first 15 years of his life was controlling the seizures he had daily. I thought I was failing him as a mother because I didn't have an idea as to what after high school would look like. Connecting with Coach Angie shifted my perspective. Ridden with guilt and tears, I listened to her tell me I wasn't behind. Sure I could have started sooner, but it wasn't too late. She began to ask me questions about where I was at with Christian. I left our conversation with a list of action items and steps for future conversations! In 60 days, I hit three things off my list and gained confidence as his mom again. We have switched county school zones, obtained re evaluations and learned the right way to advocate for my son. I am on a journey and having a patient and knowledgeable coach pushing and encouraging me along the way makes ALLLLLL the difference! You don't know what you don't know... and as my husband says, you can't DIY everything! This is one of those things!! Christian will be an adult before I know it, but now it's no longer something I'm dreading because I'm confident I'll be prepared!!! Thank you Angie !!!
Special Needs Mom
Your coaching session was so informative, fun, and intriguing.. I felt more confident and less anxious by the time the session ended. It helped me to think a little more of the box and imagine Josiah’s future with more substance and clarity, by putting a plan in words and on paper; and creatively! Thank you Coach Angie B. 🐝 ❤️🙏🏽
Special needs Mom
Angela is raising her sister's daughter. Her sister has an intellectual disability who had an IEP growing up, so she understands many of the struggles the rest of us have. She has also had training as a IEP Life Coach which means she understands the rules and regulations and has the opportunity to see many IEP's. She is very easy to talk to and her positive affirmations on what I was doing right meant my mind was more at ease. I would wholeheartedly recommend her!
Special needs mom
What Educators are Saying...
This book is very heartfelt. It is clear the author is passionate about the ID population! The extended metaphor was interesting and facilitated understanding of the post high school process for students with ID. I loved how the author made the text interactive so caregivers can really formulate an effective long-term goal! --
What Parents are Saying...
When you are the parent or the care-giver of a child with extra needs, having another person who understands the journey is so important to have in your inner circle. We search for resources to help us set our expectations of what is ahead on the path. Lost and Found by Angela West-Brown is one such resource. In an easy-to-read format, Angela weaves in her own personal journey covering both information for the cared and care-giver. I especially appreciated the prompts at the end of each chapter, offering space to think and plan my own way forward. This is a must-have book for your library. Thank you, Angela!
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