Transitions Your Child Will Need to Handle
Transition – a) a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; b) a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.1
The above definition can sum up much of our lives as adults as we are in a stage/development in different ways. But what about our children with special needs? They, too, go thru many more transitions than we think! Since school and curriculums have changed drastically since we adults were in school, these transitions can be gigantic and scary steps for our children!!!
When I am at the IEP table with a parent, my concern is the transitions that your child needs to handle in school – daily and hourly. The first transition your child will encounter is going to VPK or kindergarten. Your child has reached the age to go to school and that is a big adjustment, both mentally and maybe physically. Will your child be able to handle being in school for those hours, away from you? When your child comes home, what happens? Is your child happy to be home and will she tell you about her day? Or is he upset that he has to spend time away from you? Does he tantrum or withdraw? Has your child been able to make friends at school? If your child has homework, do they go and do the homework or is it a battle to get them to do the homework after being in school for so many hours?
In the classroom, transition has many components and your child has numerous transitions during the day. Can your child switch from class to class, even if they don’t physically change a classroom? So for our younger children, if they are in circle time and it is time to transition to Math, can your child “finish” circle time and move on to math? That would entail several switches – your child would need to be able to process “finishing up circle time,” physically moving from the circle to their desk, getting out their math book/sheets and other needed supplies, and then be “ready” to process the math lesson.
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