Person-centred transition reviews are a way of running transition review meetings that puts the focus firmly on the young person. They are used in many areas, but not all, so you will need to ask your child's school if they run their reviews in this way.
Enlist the help of friends, family and people who know your young person well, such as people who support them with short break care, to help you start to think about what could go into a person-centred transition plan.
A person-centred approach allows the young person to express what they would like to happen in the future and gets them actively involved before, during and after their review meeting. It should be about listening to the young person and what they want for their life and the future, with family, friends, supporters and professionals working together with them to make this happen.
Person-centred transition reviews should be run in a fun and creative way that really involves the young people and allows them to make their contribution. For those with communication difficulties or profound and multiple learning disabilities this may be done in a variety of ways, for instance by using multi-media to help others see what is important for that young person.
In England, the government says that by 2012 all young people with a statement of Special Educational Needs should have a person-centred transition review from year 9 onwards.
My daughter is part of a multi-media profiling project. She can use it to communicate with staff – when they watch it with her they can learn about the things she likes, how she communicates and how she likes to be supported.