Transition Planning: Facilitating Interprofessional Collaboration

Presenter(s): Kimberly Frazier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Adolescent-to-adulthood transition services have the potential to help position students with high-needs disabilities to obtain the best possible outcomes, thereby helping them lead full and included adult lives. Although positive effects of interdisciplinary transition services are well-documented, collaborative work among professionals is often lacking in secondary school settings. This is unfortunate because schools with coordinated efforts to promote self-determination and self-advocacy have seen an increase in these critical skills, leading to better transitions and improved life outcomes. It is vital that school and community-based support professionals act in concert with students with high-needs disabilities and their families to develop and implement successful transition services. This presentation will discuss practices to advance partnerships among the professionals who are critical in supporting students with high-needs disabilities as they transition from secondary school settings to adult roles.


Kimberly Frazier, PhD, CCC-SLP, an associate professor at the University of Arkansas, has 30 years of experience working with children with high-needs disabilities. She frequently presents her research to regional, national and international audiences and has published two textbooks related to communication disorders in children.



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