Transitions Checklist




  • Writing is neat and legible
  • Fills out basic applications
  • Articulates what one wants to say using concise language
  • Can write a “to do” list

Reading Comprehension

  • Comprehends basic oral and written directions
  • Comprehends directions with multiple steps
  • Reads and comprehends prescription/medication labels
  • Knows basic abbreviations

Research Comprehension

  • Can look up basic information using an index, tables of contents


  • Add, subtract, multiple, and divide single and multiple digit numbers
  • Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve problems
  • Can round off single and multiple digits
  • Understands fractions and how to use them in real life
  • Understands percentages and can use them in real life
  • Understands decimals
  • Weight and measurement
  • Can read charts and graphs, and interpret meaning


  • Knows value of coins/bills
  • Can count coins/bills
  • Uses coins/bills to make different combinations of money
  • Recognizes correct change
  • Keeps money in a safe place (not flashing money, keep in pocket/wallet)
  • Lives within a budget
  • Can write a check
  • Pays bills


  • Can open a bank account
  • Can use an ATM card
  • Can make a deposit
  • Can read a bank statement
  • Can use online features ( i.e. paying bills on line)
  • Avoids overdrafts


  • Can buy stamps
  • Can accurately address an envelope
  • Can place envelope in postbox
  • Recognizes junk mail
  • Is not swayed by advertisements/credit card offers


  • Knows days, months, years, seasons
  • Can use calendar to find dates
  • Can read a digital and analog clock
  • Sets an alarm
  • Understands how much time has passed
  • Can estimate time it takes to do something


Getting along with others

  • Cooperates
  • Is flexible
  • Accepts feedback graciously
  • Alters future behavior based upon feedback
  • Uses listening skills and reflects back what is heard
  • Expresses opinions in an expected way

Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

  • Negotiates and compromises
  • Influences and persuades


Time Management

Skill Set

  • Gets up when alarm goes off
  • Enters information into a calendar
  • Uses Reminder features

Higher Order Thinking

  • Plans a few weeks in advance
  • Knows what to do when encountering a time conflict
  • Adapts schedule based upon calendar/uses time efficiently
  • Meets deadlines


Skill Set

  • Follows single-step directions
  • Follows multiple step directions

Higher Order Thinking

  • Anticipates the next step in a direction


Skill Set

  • Can wait in line or wait for a turn

Making mistakes

  • Knows what to do if a mistake is made



Skill Set

  • Looks up number
  • Makes a call
  • Answers phone
  • Can leave a basic message
  • Can take a message
  • Can schedule an appointment for a specific day and write it into a calendar (asks for help getting to appointment)
  • Knows what to say if person on the phone can’t do what is asked (i.e. don’t have the day/time person wants for an appointment.)

Higher Order Thinking

  • Can figure out what to do if one can’t find a number (i.e. internet search, call a friend, etc.)
  • Can ascertain what a person is asking even if vague
  • Knows who to and not to talk with on the phone (i.e. sales call)
  • Takes other scheduling things into account before making an appointment (i.e. transportation, time of day, other activities, work, etc.)


Skill Set

  • Types (can write, save, and organize files)
  • Texts
  • Conducts internet searches using a single source (i.e. yahoo)
  • Can send email
  • Understands basic internet safety rules (i.e. never give out name, phone number, SSN, bank information, credit card information, etc.)

Higher Order Thinking

  • Refines internet search using multiple sources
  • Knows how to write an appropriate email (based upon audience)
  • Recognizes when an email or instant message is inappropriate
  • Knows what to do if one receives unwanted messages

Not be taken advantage of

Skill Set

  • Knows advertising techniques and can analyze commercials
  • Knows when something (“a deal”) is too good to be true/quackery



  • Understands what good nutrition is
  • Reads a nutrition label
  • Knows what a healthy portion is
  • Knows what a healthy weight is and how to weigh self


  • Can read a recipe ( and do the math to reduce or expand size of meal)
  • Can create a menu
  • Recognizes a well balanced meal
  • Uses appropriate utensils
  • Can prepare a small meal
  • Reads expiration dates and knows how to respond

Eating Out/ Take in

  • Can call for take out food
  • Knows not to call out every night
  • Can order from a menu
  • Speaks politely to waitstaff
  • Knows how to get the attention of waitstaff


  • Can get to a store
  • Compares prices
  • Pays with credit card, check, or cash
  • Knows how to talk with the clerk
  • Knows what to do if don’t have enough money to pay
  • Understands that a credit card is “borrowed money” that needs to be paid back


  • Holds sharp objects/knives safely
  • Puts away sharp objects safely (i.e. knives down)
  • Turns off stove when finished
  • Handle cleaners in a safe manner/know not to mix chemicals
  • Can use a fire extinguisher
  • Does not let strangers into house
  • Responds appropriately to hearing glass break
  • Responds appropriately to gas odor


  • Knows to clean up after self and keeps house generally clean (or does chores)
  • Washes dishes
  • Mops floors
  • Empties trash
  • Responds appropriately to pests in house


Can use the following:

  • Stove top
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Vacuum
  • Washing Machine


  • Says please, thank you, you’re welcome appropriately
  • Eats with utensils
  • Takes appropriate bites
  • Recognizes when food is on face and uses a napkin
  • Uses a tissue instead of picking nose


  • Recognizes when dirty
  • Knows when to wash hands
  • Brushes teeth on regular basis
  • Washes body on regular basis
  • Brushes hair each day
  • Uses deodorant
  • Does laundry on weekly basis
  • Trims nails regularly and keeps fingernails clean
  • Takes care of acne
  • Applies make up in an expected way (if applicable)
  • Shaves
  • Female: knows what a menstrual period is and how to use a sanitary product


  • Dresses appropriately for weather
  • Dresses appropriately for situation (i.e. funeral, interview, family BBQ)
  • Purchases clothing (knows size and what to purchase)
  • Understands a good value (for clothing)


  • Knows how to ride bus/train, or has driver’s license
  • Knows how to call a taxi or “The Ride”
  • Can read a map/use a GPS
  • Can find way around town
  • Crosses street safely


  • Has friends to call
  • Can schedule dates to get together
  • Knows what activities s/he enjoys
  • Can occupy ones time with enjoyable activities (both alone and with a group)


Advocating for self

  • Attends IEP meeting
  • Has read IEP
  • Understands what own disability means
  • Understands what disability related needs are
  • Understands how to request disability related needs
  • Understands who they should disclose information to about disability
  • Understands employee rights
  • Knows number for discrimination commission

Government Benefits

  • Knows own SSN
  • Has applied for government ID card
  • Applied for SSI
  • Registered to vote
  • Has established guardianship (if applicable)
  • Has applied for health insurance (if applicable)
  • Parents have set up trust/estate planning

Situations that occur

  • Is called for jury duty
  • Is asked to to join the military


Medical/Dental Needs

  • Knows when to see the doctor
  • Knows the difference between an emergency and a regular scheduled appointment
  • Knows names of own Doctor, Dentist, and Psychiatrist (if applicable), their phone numbers, and addresses
  • Knows what an insurance card is and how to use it
  • Can answer questions from the doctor
  • Can tell the doctor in concise terms what the problem is
  • Knows own medical history/history of parents-siblings
  • Knows when to use sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Has created a vaccine card and medical history card

Medical Forms

  • Knows what HIPPA regulations are and how to sign the form
  • Can fill out general medical forms
  • Knows what signing consent is

Sickness and Emergencies

  • Knows to how to give vital information, name, DOB, health information, weight, height, phone number, emergency contact, allergies, medical conditions, medications taking
  • Knows when to call 911, police, or poison control
  • Knows when/how to take pain relievers
  • Can perform basic first aid
  • Understands poison prevention
  • Can take own temperature
  • Knows who to call in the middle of the night, if need assistance
  • Knows own medications and recognizes side effects
  • Knows what to do if a dose is missed
  • Can pick up medication at a pharmacy


  • Understands the dangers of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol
  • Understands the dangers of drinking and driving


  • Knows where an appropriate place to masturbate is
  • Knows what to do when someone is “coming on” to you
  • Knows how to ask someone out and what is expected behavior
  • Knows how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy
  • Knows how to handle being rejected by someone
  • Knows how to break up with someone
  • Knows what is expected behavior when talking about sex and sexuality



  • Has written and proofread their resume
  • Has written a cover letter
  • Can ask for 3 letters of recommendation


  • Can search for a job online or in a local newspaper
  • Can fill out job application with neat handwriting
  • Can fill out a college application, if applicable
  • Applies for financial aid, if applicable


  • Calls to inquire about job
  • Can ask appropriate questions
  • Can respond to questions appropriately with positive attitude and expected response


  • Dresses appropriately
  • Can fill out an application on the spot
  • Can provide 3 references (knows names, numbers)
  • Shakes hand firmly
  • Is personable
  • Knows what information the employer is seeking when asking questions
  • Can answer questions concisely and on topic
  • Asks relevant and expected questions
  • Writes appropriate thank you note