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Transition to High School

 
Parents can support their teens to thrive, not just survive, the transition to high school. Learn about the information and resources to help you support your teen’s journey through the next stage of life.

Starting high school can be a big transition. The following information and resources will help you to navigate and support your teen’s journey through the next stage of their life.

As your teen gets ready for high school, you might be having mixed emotions. You might feel excited about their new opportunities, but you might also be concerned about how your teen will adjust to their new environment.

Partners in the Our Kids Network are here to help!

 

School board

Helpful information for parents who wish to learn more about Halton’s education system and to support their teen’s learning.

Community services

Finding the right services for your teen can be challenging. These links will help you find information and local services.

Halton iparent (external link) Allows parents to search for local programs and services according to their child’s age, city, or topic.
Halton Youth Services Lists community agencies and help lines that support young people.
HaltonParents Provides online and telephone support for parents.
EMentalHealth (external) Guide to information, local services and supports for mental health concerns.
Our Kids Network (external) Information about Halton neighbourhood data, local services, and events in the Halton Region community.
Halton Multicultural Council (external) Provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities.
Where to Get Help in Halton (PDF file) Guide to community services in Halton Region.
Call 311 Information about Halton Region government services.

Teens with special needs

There are a variety of programs and services in Halton Region for children and teens with special needs. Community agencies are committed to quality services that are based on current research and practices.

Halton iparent (external link) Lists local programs and resources for children and teens with special needs.
Halton Region Developmental Services Resources and services for teens with a diagnosis of developmental disability.
ErinoakKids (external) Comprehensive range of family-centred treatment, rehabilitation and support services to children with disabilities and their families.
Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) (external) Largest accredited children’s mental health centre in Halton Region and provides a multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, assessment and treatment of children, youth and their families.
Community Living North Halton (external) Support and services to children, youth and adults with special needs and their families
Community Living Oakville (external) Support and services to children, youth and adults with special needs and their families
Community Living Burlington (external) Support and services to children, youth and adults with special needs and their families
Halton Support Services (external) Supportive services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, to live in and be active members of the community.
Mississauga Halton Home and Community Care (external) Medical and rehabilitation services for children as part of the School Health Support Services Program (serves Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills).
Hamilton/Niagara/Haldimand/Brant (including Burlington) Home and Community Care (external) Medical and rehabilitation services for children as part of the School Health Support Services Program (serves Burlington).
Woodview (external) Offers a broad range of services for children and youth facing mental health challenges and autism spectrum disorder.
Developmental Services Ontario (external) Helps people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers connect to services and supports in their communities. Visit the Developmental Services Ontario Transitions website to access information and worksheets for young people transitioning to adulthood.
Ontario Ministry of Education Special Education Provides an overview of special education processes, programs and services.
Does Your Family Member Have a Diagnosis of a Developmental Disability?
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Information on Improving transition planning for young people with developmental disabilities.

Watch this webinar to learn how to help your teen successfully transition to high school.

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