Periods of transition can have a profound influence on children’s progress but can also be opportunities to engage with change in a positive way. There are four key transition points to be aware of, moving from:

  • Preschool to foundation stage
  • Foundation stage to key stage 1
  • Primary to secondary
  • One year group to the next

There are additional challenges during transitional periods for disabled children and their families. Especially, for children with complex needs, a number of different professionals may be involved; the preparation process will take longer and additional meetings will be needed. An example of this could be meetings with physiotherapists and classroom staff to make sure activities and exercise regimes are implemented to support quality of movement and strength and co-ordination. In these meetings, parents, carers and professionals can also share information regarding appliances and use of specialist equipment children may use at home and at school.

The emotions surrounding transition can be very strong and every child will react differently. Some will find it impossible to ask for help when faced with difficulties, while others may cope with underlying anxieties by demanding to be the centre of attention. Even children who appear to cope well with school can be thrown off course by changes.

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