Support Children and Young People During Transition in Their Lives

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Unit 33: support children and young people during transition in their lives 1.1 Explain the different types of transition that children and young people may experience There are several types of transition children and young people face, including, emotional, physical, physiological, and intellectual that if not correctly handled can have a negative impact on development. Transitions are the movement or changes from one position, stage or state to another. These changes can be gradual or sudden, and last for differing periods of time. Types of transitions including: Emotional, affected by personal experiences, eg: Bereavement, Physical, eg: moving to a new educational establishment, a new home/locality, Intellectual, e.g. moving from pre-school to primary, or primary to secondary school Physiological, eg: puberty, long-term medical conditions Transitions can be stressful for young people and this stress can have far reaching effects on children’s emotional wellbeing and academic achievement. Children face many different transitions in their young lives. One of the main transitions is changing schools. This may make them feel anxious and nervous, they may be apprehensive about what their new school is going to be like. They may be sad because they are leaving their friends and familiar security of their previous school. They may experience a sense of loss and even bereavement about losing their friends. The child’s behaviour may change; they may become withdrawn or display extroverted behaviour Puberty is another transition that all children will experience. The way a child behaves is entirely due to hormones. Puberty is a time of great change. Physically, the body changes and begins to turn into a more adult like body. Puberty and hormones also effects things like. Transitions can be positive or negative, depending on a number of factors. If they are

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