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 Transitions 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.