Middle School

Encouraging middle schoolers to focus on developing these skills will empower them to navigate the challenges of adolescence and transition successfully into adulthood. Providing opportunities for practice, mentorship, and real-world experiences can further support their growth and development.

6 independent living skills kids need: Teens and young adults need to be able to manage day-to-day tasks on their own before moving away from home.  Learning how to shop and manage money is important for independent living. This webpage will give you some examples of those skills and tips for achieving them

middle school kids in the hall smiling standing next to lockers

4 tips for helping middle-schoolers learn to speak up for themselves: Middle school can be hard for kids. Most kids don’t want to stand out from the crowd. They may hesitate to speak up for themselves, not only with other kids but with teachers, too. Kids who learn and think differently may be used to watching you advocate for them to help them get the support they need.

How to help middle-schoolers gain self-control: Many middle-schoolers act without thinking at times. It just comes with the territory at that age. But if your child seems to have more trouble with self-control than most — whether it’s at school, at home, or with friends — it could be more than just a passing phase.

Navigating Your Way: Ages 14 to 21: During these years that your family member is immersed in school, make the most of the support they have to focus on emerging independent living skills, employment opportunities, and connections to your community.  Typically, after age 21, school activities and school based services end. It is important to learn as much as you can about the road ahead so that you can begin to prepare your family members for a full life after school.

IEP Tip Sheet Age of Majority: This guide explains what “age of majority” means. It’s the age when you become an adult in the eyes of the law, getting new rights and responsibilities. 

Age of Majority Guidance for Parents and Youth: This booklet has common questions and answers for parents and students about the age of majority.