If you are a parent and fear having an adult child living at home for years or even decades, you should be aware that such options exist. For some parents, nothing can be more frustrating than knowing that your own life plan is put on hold unexpectedly and perhaps indefinitely.
While some young adults are destined for college, they may not be ready socially or emotionally. Although they have the cognitive capacity, they may struggle with independence and ultimately fall flat if they rush to a campus setting. For these prospective students, they may be best off starting with transitional living programs that allow them to gain academic credits in a collegiate environment, yet benefit from structure, mentoring, and even counseling.
Other young adults are better suited pursuing a vocational track. Similarly, transitional living programs in this realm are designed to help students transition to the real world of holding down a job, paying bills, maintaining healthy relationships, and generally allowing parents to rest assured that independence has finally arrived.
Additionally, transitional living programs that specialize in psychiatric and/or neurocognitive disorders are growing more popular, especially as those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger's Syndrome and PDD, transition from their protected home environments.
The Goldberg Center can be entrusted to help families identify and review transitional living programs for emerging young adults.