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.


Transitions Informational Meeting

Presented by PACER CENTER

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
District Service Center
1415 81st Ave NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

To register:
952-838-9000 (Voice)
If an ASL interpreter is needed,
call 952-838-1338 with 48 hours notice

Click Here to view informational flyer.


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 which provides...
    • group and individual community activities; 
    • opportunity to gain employment skills;
    • opportunity to learn functional skills needed for everyday living;
    • leisure, individual, and group activities;
    • development of independent living skill;
    • individualized learning activities based on student need; and
    • work-based Learning training opportunities in the community.

Strategies & Instructional Practices

Academic Skill Development

The skills worked on at Life Skills Transitions include problem solving, reading comprehension, 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: packing food orders, shopping for food pantry items and labeling destinations
  • Making purchases with cash or debit card
  • Coffee Shop: taking orders and performing money transactions
  • Vocabulary: grocery words, reading signs, fast food/ restaurant words, and work related words
  • Problem-solving skills on worksites
  • Writing: filling out job applications, resumes, 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 while on the job training
  • Displaying a positive attitude while trying new skills
  • Responding to behavior correction
  • Participating in recreation leisure time

Functional Skill Development

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

  • Following a daily work schedule
  • Keeping materials and job tasks organized
  • Organizing Panther Food Pantry and Coffee Shop supplies
  • Building personal hygiene skills
  • Cooking or prepping their own lunches and cleaning up after lunch time
  • Building social skills during recreation leisure time and while on the worksite or at  community outings
  • Learning coping strategies
  • Asking for help
  • Communicating needs and wants

Five Areas of Transition

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