Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA): Developing a Personalized Transition Plan (Autism Speaks)
The transition out of school-based services for students with autism can be difficult. There is no "one size fits all" plan for the path to adulthood.
The most important factor in creating a plan is to focus on the individual. His or her strengths, needs, challenges and preferences will be vital to a successful transition process.
The CSA helps parents and professionals assess the current skill levels and abilities of students with autism beginning at age 12. The results will help you develop a unique and comprehensive plan.
The tool is divided into three levels based on age. Eight areas of functional life skills will be assessed:
- Career path and employment
- Health and safety
- Peer relationships, socialization and social communication
- Community participation and personal finance
- Home living skills
The assessment uses both observation and interviews to measure the individual's knowledge, skills and behaviors.