career planning

We have an IEP coming up this week I so I started preparing for questions about Belle’s future. the following websites describe courses of study for three career options for Belle that I have already started exposing her to and training her in. Horse management (an MSU program), certified dog training, and film production. Right now she says she’s more of a dog person than a horse person, but the exposure she has gotten in horse management, medical care, nutrition, and training will give her the option to pursue this in the future if she chooses.

My goal is to have her a step ahead of the other students in experience and base knowledge in these areas (she has a horse, a puppy and a flip camera with an editing program). Her application will say that she’s been working on this from the time she was 13 and that could mean over ten years of experience at the time of applying!

I consider every experience job training and I talk to her about what it will be like to have a job, responsibilities, a boss, regular hours and an income!!! Money, of course, is a big thing with kids with Asperger’s- they love to spend it!

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