Transitional Independent Living



How Our Perceptions Hold Us Back

Recently in one of our art groups, we experimented with inkblots. Students were asked to decide what they saw in each of the abstract images.

If what they saw in the inkblot was pleasant, they personalized it, adding as many details as possible. For example, a student who saw two people dancing might add clothing.

NDFYA Staff, Monday, November 23, 2015

Technology Helpful to Those with Special Needs

Living on your own is difficult. So is finishing school.

When your child has special needs in addition to what’s being faced by all young adults today, those goals can seem impossible. As the digital age progresses, though, we are getting more than vivid TV screens or faster Internet speeds.

NDFYA Staff, Thursday, August 6, 2015

Qualifications That Staff at a Transitional Program Should Have

It’s time for your young adult to move out.

Whether this is your only child or the last one in the nest, you’re concerned about your young adult finding his or her place in the world. You want him or her to be ready when you’re no longer able to support them.

NDFYA Staff, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Let Your Young Adult Child Experience Consequences

As adults, we know there are consequences to our actions. If we don’t pay bills, we lose electricity and water; are charged fees that make it even harder to make the payment; and even lose our vehicles or homes. If we don’t complete our assignments or show up to work late, we lose our jobs and the ability to pay bills and do fun activities.

NDFYA Staff, Monday, August 3, 2015

Finding Appropriates Homes for Young Adult Children with Special Needs

Your adult child is ready to be independent. Great!

Before you or your young adult signs a lease, though, be sure that the new home is one that fits with his or her special needs. According to the ebook Making Homes that Work, “the home that works gives a person control over his or her own life: it has the things that people need, and it is a good place to do the things they enjoy.”

NDFYA Staff, Sunday, August 2, 2015

Experiences That Help Your Young Adult Improve Social Skills

You worry about your young adult.

It’s difficult to hold on to a job or build new, or maintain current, relationships if your young adult doesn’t know how to interact with people very well. Or, your young adult avoids scenarios where he or she will have to be around people.

NDFYA Staff, Saturday, August 1, 2015

Could Your Young Adult Have a Mental Disorder

You thought all of your children were prepared for adulthood.

Recently, though, you’ve noticed that one of your adult children has changed. Perhaps he or she has always had difficulty with school, maintaining relationships, or deciding on a career, but the problem appears to be worse now. Or, you may be seeing sudden and drastic changes in your young adult’s behavior. Now you’re concerned that this child isn’t as ready for leaving home as you thought.

NDFYA Staff, Friday, July 31, 2015

Choosing a College for a Child with Special Needs

For many young adults today, education doesn’t end with a high school diploma. The same is true for your child with special needs.

Selecting a college for a student with special needs, though, means you need to look into more than the majors and campus organizations offered. Here are a few other points you should consider to help your young adult find the education that best prepares him or her for a secure, independent life.

NDFYA Staff, Thursday, July 30, 2015


Your now-adult child may have seemed “normal” while growing up. However, at a point when your young adult should be reaching maturation and becoming ready for independence, he or she seems to have difficulty with learning or holding a job.

NDFYA Staff, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NDFYA Featured on Episode of Inside Pleasant Hill

Clinical Director Dr. Kent Grelling and Program Director Matt Xavier talk with Inside Pleasant Hill about NDFYA and the work we do for young adults with mild disabilities.

Recently the California campus was given the opportunity to share our mission with Inside Pleasant Hill., Monday, July 27, 2015
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Experiences that help your young adult develop social skills

You worry about your young adult. It’s difficult to hold on to a job or build new, or maintain current, relationships if your young adult doesn’t know how to interact with people very ...
New Directions Staff, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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