This could be the first time you’ll be leaving your child in someone else’s care. It could also be the first time your child will be around large groups of other children. The transition to preschool (or daycare, Montessori, etc.) can be stressful for you and your child, but it can also be a wonderful experience as your child starts to gain some independence and experiences the joys of learning in a more structured environment.
The transition to school process usually starts a year in advance of when your child is set to begin school. By this point you’ve likely had many conversations with your child’s therapy and school teams about the transition. However there are still a few things you can do to help the transition in the coming weeks and over the first few weeks of the school year. Also, if your child is transitioning from one grade to the next you might find some of these tips helpful.
By now a lot of your child’s foundational skills have developed. This transition period can focus on other skills, such as social skills and increased independence in addition to getting the necessary support to accommodate any of your child’s special needs.
The applications were sent in, acceptances received and cheques have been written (yikes!). If your child is getting ready to attend college or university this fall the added complexities of having special needs can be effectively addressed by leveraging resources that are likely already in place.
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