Future Connections: A Self-Determination and Transition Curriculum for Teens and Young Adults

Judith Lunger, MA, CCC-SLP and Michaela Sullivan

Future Connections (FC) is a curriculum and tool designed for adolescents and young adults to use with their support teams in identifying their preferences, interests and needs as they plan their futures. FC curriculum breaks down seven life skill areas into lessons using slide shows, apps, videos, life maps, music, and role play to teach concepts of the FC survey. The survey tool is offered in 3 formats which accommodates users with language and cognitive differences, including users of AAC. Outcomes, tips and ideas from the pilot program, as well as resources and research supporting transition, will be shared. Session participants will be provided access to the FC curriculum and survey tool, in addition to supplementary materials, so they are able to implement Future Connections with their own teams immediately.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speaker biography: Judith Lunger, MA, CCC-SLP, is a CA licensed speech/language pathologist with many years experience working with children and adults with functional, developmental and neurolinguistic disorders of speech, language, communication and related educational or functional challenges. Judith specializes in treating individuals with complex communication needs, including those who benefit from using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and strategies. Judith has special interest in supporting self-advocacy for adolescents and teens with special needs.

E-mail: jlungerbergh@gmail.com

image of Judith Lunger, MA, CCC-SLP

Michaela Sullivan is an SLP who specializes in the fields of AAC and AT and currently works within the San Francisco Unified School District on the AAC Support Team where she supervises graduate students, provides AAC Mentorship, works in a transition program and on special projects and additionally has a private practice. She has been a presenter in the field of Speech Language Pathology and AAC at state and national conventions and she serves as a board member and volunteer for the Nika Project, providing services, supports, resources, training, and repurposed equipment for individuals with complex communication needs both locally and internationally.  She is also one of the Cocreators of the School Year of Core Words monthly posting on Praactical AAC and AAC Language Lab. 

E-Mail: michaelasullivan2@gmail.com