Transition is the word we use to describe moving from something familiar to something different. Changes happen for us all throughout life.
Big changes happen for our children and young people when they start nursery, school or college, or have change in the team that provides support and care for them as they move towards adulthood.
Change can sometimes be unsettling for children, young people and their families. If your child has additional needs and / or disabilities these changes can seem even more challenging.
It can be a hard time for you all and it can take time to adjust. Parents and carers play an important part in helping their children and young people to prepare for new experiences and help the transition go smoothly.
If you know a change is coming up try and begin preparation early.
Talk About Any Changes
You Own Anxiety
You may have worries and anxieties about the change and how your child or young person will cope.
Talk to friends and family about your feelings, but try not to let your child overhear your worries. Children and young people are very tuned in to their parents feelings.
If you are able to be positive about the change in front of them it will help them feel less worried.
Moving Between Settings
If your child / young person is moving between settings, talk to those who have been working with your child and ask how they will share information with the new team.
Make contact with the new team. You know your child best. Share their likes, dislikes, things they enjoy and things that make them worried or overwhelmed.
You and your child may be able to have visits to new nurseries, schools or services.
Once your child has made the move to the new placement or setting, help them adjust.
It can take time to get used to somewhere new. If you are worried talk to the school or setting, or talk to the professionals who support your child.
If you feel your child has additional needs, it is very important to communicate with your child’s school. You and your child should be involved with decisions that are being made about potential support.
To learn more about what you can do if you have concerns about your child’s progress, visit the SEND Local Offer website pages for parents.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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