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Transition Programs

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Director, John Civita
Executive Director, Scott Bezsylko
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Is your child
ready for life
after high school?

Winston Transitions can help.

Exploring and Expanding Programs
for Young Adults with Learning Differences

Located in the heart of New York City, Transitions offers a unique program for a community of diverse learners ages 18-21 with unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses, all of whom need additional work to be prepared for post-secondary programs or gain further academic, work, and/or life skills. This includes, but is not limited to, students with complexities that can be fully understood only by working with them on an individual basis. To assess whether this program is appropriate and needed for any one student we assess them in a manner in keeping with Winston Prep’s core Continuous Feedback System of individualized and responsive program design.

Our Transitions Team works closely with students in a very personalized and individual way through our small groupings, comprehensive academic coursework, internship experiences, social emotional development and Winston’s unique one-to-one Focus program. Transitions commitment to developing true understanding through challenging our students’ abilities and raising the bar for excellence has proven to be paramount to their success in reaching goals and providing real outcomes.

Not only does the Transitions Team focus on our students well being, a strong emphasis is placed on the well being of our parents. We strive to help them feel confident that there will be a viable outcome at program completion that will not only reflect independence, but provide continued growth and help the parent regain a sense of self.

One of the hallmarks of our program is offering unique real world experience by providing opportunities to develop and practice skills that help students function in the world in a real way. Our internship opportunities offer just that, real world experience with real professionals helping to guide our students to success. Identifying industries that fit our students interests and providing skill development in a wide array of areas is an integral part of the process, but finding the right people to support our students is most valuable. We have built relationships with organizations such as Deutsch Inc, Lenox Hill Hospital, Housing Works, Cassin and Cassin LLP, HB Studio and more, to provide these amazing experiences.

“Winston Transitions offers
real experiences,
real opportunities,
and real outcomes.”

We invite you to come visit Transitions and learn more about our students and what we do.

Meet Jessica

When Jessica began her time in the Winston Transitions program she had lingering difficulties with reading comprehension and processing information. Jessica and her family were unsure of what the next best step for her was after high school. When it came down to it, Jessica needed more time. Jessica’s Transitions program centered around continuing to strengthen her academic skills and self-confidence, while providing a variety of opportunities to discover what the next best step was for her. Initially, Jessica felt as though college was the next best step, but soon after she began taking a Landmark College WPS supported online course, she realized that her struggles with the comprehension may prove too great for a college curriculum. As Jessica began her second semester in the Transitions program the emphasis on increasing academic readiness continued; however, an additional emphasis was placed on preparing Jessica for a career. Through many discussions, feedback sessions and goal setting activities it became clear to Jessica that she truly enjoys helping others and was drawn to the health care profession. As such, she began the second year interning at Lenox Hill Hospital in the pre- and post- surgery department wherein she worked closely with the nursing staff and more importantly the patients. She was provided opportunities to work with the organizational side of a hospital, by keeping track of patient binders and filing, but she also was able to do more hands-on tasks, such as taking people's blood pressure and completing pre- surgery interviews. Based on significant progress in her academic skills and internship experience, Jessica is now preparing to enter an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course in the fall and will be working at a day camp for the summer.
Jarred spent the majority of his high school career increasing his problem solving, comprehension and expressive language skills. As he neared the conclusion of his high school career it was evident that his continued struggles with executive functioning directly impacted his ability to consistently apply acquired skills, remain goal oriented, self-regulate and respond to stimuli in a strategic and flexible manner. As a result, Jarred and his family were unsure of what the next step for him after high school should be. When he first joined Transitions, an immediate individualized and targeted program was put in place to provide Jarred with strategies to help him make strategic, flexible and appropriate decisions and manage impulsive reactions while strengthening academic areas of difficulty and work readiness skills. While much of this strategy instruction was targeted in the classroom, the key to Jarred’s success was the hands-on experience he gained through the internship prong of his Transitions program. Finding the right internship for Jarred was crucial to the process. His first year he was placed at Scratch DJ Academy, based on his social skills strengths and DJ enthusiasm. His time at Scratch DJ Academy strengthened his work readiness skills, while providing the opportunity to generalize and internalize the strategies he was learning to better self-regulate and remain goal-directed. In his second year of Transitions, Jarred’s internship placement was selected to link his talents and love of athletics to a real-world job experience. His internship at Studio 360, a spin and yoga studio in New York City, opened Jarred’s eyes to a whole new world of possibilities for a career in physical fitness. As Jarred concluded his time in the Transition program, he left with a deeper understanding of himself, a more developed ability to make strategic, flexible and appropriate decisions, and self-regulate his attention and reactions. As important, Jarred left the Transitions program with a clear goal to receive his certificate as a personal trainer and a permanent job with Studio 360 .