Effects of Transitions in Children

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1 Identify the transitions experienced by MOST children. Birth Changing from Breast/Bottle feeding to solid food Crawling/shuffling to Walking Being feed to feeding ourselves From nappies to potty training to using the real toilet Child becomes self aware Feeling comfortable enough to be cared for by others rather than parents Going to nursery Moving from Nursery to School Developing new skills at school and through extra curricular activities Puberty Peer Pressure Sexuality Leaving home for 1st time Moving on to college/university First girl/boy friend Moving into a job Identify the transitions experienced by SOME children. Other than those above. A new sibling Delayed transitions due to Physical/Mental health needs Violence/ Domestic/Physical abuse Parents divorcing Step Parent/New partner Serious Illness Accident Death in the family Moving house/area. Changing to a new school as a result of the above Puberty Their own sexuality Drug taking Alcohol use 2 Examples of how transitions may affect behaviour in children and young people. 1 Firstly, what is a transition? A dictionary will describe this as; 2 “The change from one state or phase of life to another, or a change in circumstances.” It is a fact that our life is full of transitions of one thing or another and will continue to be so until we take the final step into death. In fact death can be seen as the ultimate and final transition. As we grow older we find ourselves less affected by these changes, or more able to deal with them. As a child or young adult though, a lot of the transitions we go through at the beginning of our life can be quite traumatic to us. Whereas other changes we are comfortably able take in our stride, as they are a natural progression from one phase to another. Children and young people have to
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