TEACCH T-STEP Transition Program Virtual Info Session
What is T-STEP?
The T-STEP program was developed to support the transition to college/post-secondary education and employment for 16–21-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder who will receive or have received the Future-Ready/Standard Course of Study high school diploma. Funding is provided through Vocational Rehabilitation (a division of NC DHHS), so T-STEP is free for students/families!
Participation in T-STEP class (24, 1.5-hour sessions) includes skill instruction, group practice, video modeling, and role-plays. Additionally, students practice these skills weekly at a volunteer internship site (15 hours). Students also receive individualized counseling focused on self-advocacy, higher education, and employment (12, 1-hour sessions).
T-STEP covers key transition skills:
– Goal-Setting Skills: Choosing and working toward an individual’s goals
– Executive Function Skills: Time management, flexibility, and approaching tasks in an organized manner
– Emotion Regulation Skills: Coping with stress and accepting corrective feedback
– Professional Social Skills: Getting help when needed and professional social skills
– Students must be between the ages of 16 and 21 (must complete the program before their 22nd birthday)
– Students must have a confirmed autism diagnosis
– For students in high school, they should be enrolled in the Future Ready/Standard Course of Study or equivalent
– For students who’ve graduated from high school, they should be accepted AND enrolled in at least one college course in the upcoming school year. This cannot be a continuing education class. The course must lead to a degree or recognized certification.