Preparing Children For Transition

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Preparing children for transition. Unit 3 Transitions (changes) come in many forms for children: Thought Shower Why might this be a worrying time for a child? Making friends; knowing where things are (toilets); are they expecting me; will people be nice; how will I know what to do; will I be lost or alone; what if I don’t like the food; will there be food; will I get into trouble....... The level of concern may depend on the age of the child. Under 3 years old. Explain change when it is about to happen, ensure that they have strong relationships with all the adults involved – e.g. changing main workers. Small changes can be very unsettling. 4-7 year olds. Have a better understanding of time so can be prepared in advance of events happening. Most likely changes are for nursery to infants and infants to junior school. Can be helped with visits and meeting with key workers (teachers and support staff) . Every child will be individual and have different experiences so far with different coping strategies. Children will also feel more supported if they are going to be with people that they know. 7-12 year olds. Have a much better idea of time scales and memories of transitions before. They may also imagine positive and negative things about the changes occurring. They may link information from the media or friends to their expectations and some aspects may become unrealistic because of this. Children in this age group are likely to want to be more involved and ask questions. They may want lots of information about options available and who they will be with to support them in the transition. Many children appreciate being given some responsibility in the decision making process. 13-16 year olds. These young people are in transition anyway because of puberty and may alternate between wanting support and appearing confident. Most of their support will
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