Life Skills Transitions Program

Spring Lake Park Schools offers a Life Skills Transitions Program for students who are 18-21 years of age. 

The program is located at the District Services Center (1415 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park) and they partner with the community, offering experiences in all areas of transition. These experiences are based on individual student needs, skill level and IEP goals.

Transitions Vision Statement 

Young adults with disabilities will develop the necessary skills to prepare themselves for successful future.

Transitions Mission Statement 

To connect young adults with disabilities and their families to community resources, empowering them and strengthening their advocacy skills in order to navigate their life plan.


Please contact the Spring Lake Park Schools Life Skills Transition Teachers with any questions you have about the program. 

Nichole Fetrow, 763-600-5091,

Melissa Lindstrom, 763-600-5090,

About Transitions

What is Transitions?

  • A community based program for young adults 18 to 21 years of age 
  • A program which provides group and individual community activities 
  • A program which provides opportunity to gain employment skills
  • A program which provides the opportunity to learn functional skills needed for everyday living
  • A program which offers leisure, individual, and group activities
  • A program where young adults develop independent living skills
  • A program which offers individualized learning activities based on student needs
  • A program which offers young adults Work-based Learning training opportunities in the community

Five Areas of Transition

  • Employment/Job Training
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Community Participation
  • Independent Living
  • Post-secondary Planning

Strategies & Instructional Practices

Academic Skill Development

The skills worked on at Life Skills Transitions include problem solving, reading comprehend, fluency, accuracy, writing fluency and accuracy, listening comprehension, mathematical calculations and reasoning and vocabulary. Examples include:

  • Reading a menu
  • Making a grocery list
  • Reading recipes and labels
  • Panther Food Pantry – pack food orders, shop for food pantry items, labeling name and school
  • Making purchase with cash or debit card
  • Coffee Shop – taking orders, performing money transactions
  • Vocabulary: Grocery words, sings around you, job/work, and fast food/ restaurant words
  • Problem-solving skills on worksites
  • Writing – fill out job application, resume, personal information and typing skills

Behavioral Skill Development

The skills work on at Life Skills Transition include self-assessment, self-awareness skills, self-management, self-control, self-esteem and self-reliance. Examples include:

  • Filling out Time Sheets
  • Self-assessment of IEP goals
  • Weekly or bi-weekly meeting for students to review IEP goals and progress
  • Management of appropriate behaviors on the job training
  • Positive attitude trying new skills
  • Correct behavior for on the job training
  • Participating recreation leisure time

Functional Skill Development

The skills worked on at Life Skills Transition include organizational skills, developmental skills, self-cate skills, social skills, coping skills, self-advocacy skills and communication skills. Examples include:

  • Following a daily work schedule
  • Keeping material and job tasks organized
  • Organizing Panther Food Pantry and Coffee shop supplies and coffee cart
  • Build Personal Hygiene Skills
  • Cooking or prepping their own lunches and cleaning up after lunch time
  • Build Social Skills during recreation leisure time, worksite, & community outings
  • Learning coping 
  • Asking for help during on job tasks at transition or at a worksite
  • Communication needs and wants
Transitions program