Transition Program

The L.I.F.E. transition program is for students 14-21 years old that are best served by working towards more individualized goals rather than traditional academic goals.

All transition students are assessed using the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) to help inform the creation of individualized goals for their planning document.

Individualized Goals

True success starts with determining what is really important to students and their families.

Two Transition Program Options

There are currently two program options within the L.I.F.E. Transition Program: Quality Living and Functional Living.

Quality Living is designed for young adults with emphasis in providing opportunities for student engagement in leisure and sensory enriched therapeutic activities to improve overall quality of life.

  • Basic Communication
  • Basic Mobility
  • Routine & Expectations
  • Self-Management
  • Social Skills
  • Social Awareness & Manners
  • Community Knowledge
  • Health/Safety/First Aid
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Leisure
  • Art
  • Music Therapy
  • Physical Education
  • Adaptive Recess

Functional Living is designed for young adults with emphasis on improving their independence to help prepare them for adulthood, with focus on functional living skills.

  • Basic Communication
  • Maintenance and Cleaning
  • Mechanics and Repairs
  • Clothing/Laundry
  • Community Knowledge
  • Community Travel
  • Dishes
  • Food/Meal Planning
  • Shopping
  • Eat in Public
  • Health/Safety/First Aid
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking
  • Leisure
  • Meals at Home
  • Money
  • Nighttime Routine
  • Organizational Skills
  • Personal Management
  • Phone
  • Problem Solving
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness/Manners
  • Time
  • Art
  • Music Therapy
  • Karate
  • Physical Education
  • Adaptive Recess

Transition Program Leadership

KIM BETANCOURT, (MS-OTR/L)
KIM BETANCOURT, (MS-OTR/L)Lead Facilitator of Transition Program

Role:

  • I am responsible for the overall facilitation of programming and staffing within the transition program. My primary goal is to ensure all student’s goals are appropriate and programs are successfully being run to achieve maximum results.

Career History:

  • I graduated in 2009 from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY with my master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). I relocated to Arizona from NY in January of 2009 and completed my final internship and started my career working with the geriatric population, however I knew my passion was working with pediatrics/adolescents, due to a prior teaching career. I went on and worked as a school district Occupational Therapist for three years before joining the L.I.F.E. family in 2013. Prior to moving into my new role as Transition Program Lead Facilitator, I had the pleasure of providing 1:1 direct OT services in the therapy department for a little over 5 years.

Education and Advanced Training:

  • M.A. of Occupational Therapy, Mercy College, NY, 2009
  • How Does Your Engine Run? 2012
  • The Listening Program Provider Certification Course, 2015
  • Water-Based Interventions for The Pediatric Client, 2016
  • An Introduction to Assistive Technology for the Pediatric Population, 2017
  • Out-of-Sync Child: Sensory Challenges and Sensible Solutions, 2017

Personal Teaching or Management Philosophy:

  • I believe in providing guidance for employees to do their job well. I provide varying tasks related to the job that gives employees experience. This also stretches their abilities and brings growth.

Personal:

  • I am married and have a talented teenage son. I enjoy spending the weekends attending dance events with my son. I have a new passion for health and fitness, and recently got involved in obstacle course racing. I am a wanderlust. I love to take flight and set sail any opportunity I can get.

Contact Us for More Information About L.I.F.E.

call us at 480-621-8361 EXT 136 or complete this form

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