Updated Thursday, May 26, 2016Preparation is the key to a successful transition from primary to secondary school for children with special needs. Secondary school is quite different and the changes in structure and routine often cause anxiety in children. Parents can do several things to make the transition easier. Here are four tips: Talk with your children about the transition to secondary school Talk with your children about the move to secondary school. Find out: What they are worried about. What they are looking forward to. Anything they want their new teachers to know about them. Ideas they have to make the transition easier.
Updated Thursday, June 25, 2015 Credit: Lee Cannon on Flickr Children change schools several times throughout their lives. These changes can make kids nervous or anxious. For children with special needs, these changes are particularly stressful. Parents can take steps to reduce their children’s anxieties. Here are some tips to help make the transitions go smoothly and reduce your children’s anxieties. Make a transition plan The development of a transition plan should involve parents, staff from the children’s current schools and staff from the children’s new schools. Children should be included or at least consulted about the transition plan. The transition plan should include: Several visits to the new […]
Updated Saturday, August 15, 2015 Routine and stability are important for children with special needs. The onset of summer vacation means big changes in their routines. There are a few steps parents can take to help this transition go smoothly. Credit: Open Clips on Pixabay Calendar countdown Use a calendar to mark off each school day as it passes. A visual aid is often helpful when teaching children with special needs. Use the calendar to illustrate when school ends and vacation begins. Include any special days that are scheduled at school such as field trips or parties. Get contact information Making and maintaining friendships is difficult for some children with […]