Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

RP Products by Topic: Transition

from the DEC Recommended Practices on Transition:

Transition refers to the events, activities, and processes associated with key changes between environments or programs during the early childhood years and the practices that support the adjustment of the child and family to the new setting. These changes occur at the transition from hospital to home, the transition into early intervention (Part C) programs, the transition out of early intervention to community early childhood programs, the transition into Part B/619, and the transition to kindergarten or school-age programs.

Transition Checklists
  • This checklist includes processes and behaviors used by practitioners to support the transition of newborn or very young infants and their caregivers from hospital services into early intervention services. The main focus of these practices is to implement activities in collaboration with family members and other necessary health care providers that promote positive relationships and child and family preparation and adjustment to home and community settings and services.

    This checklist can be used to become acquainted with the family, guide first contacts, learn their story, assess their interest in early intervention and coordinate with other providers key to their well-being. It also can be used for self-evaluation to determine whether practices are in place and being implemented.

  • This checklist includes processes and behaviors used by practitioners to support the transition of toddlers and their caregivers from early intervention services into preschool special education services.

    The main focus of these practices is to implement activities in collaboration with family members that promote positive relationships and child and family preparation and adjustment to new settings and services.

    This checklist can be used to develop a transition plan in the child's IFSP, support caregiver decision-making and to promote practitioner planning, communication and collaboration skills. It can also be used for self-evaluation to determine whether practices are in place and being implemented.

  • This checklist includes processes and behaviors used by practitioners to support preschoolers and their caregivers in the transition from preschool special education services into kindergarten.

    The main focus of these practices is to implement activities in collaboration with family members that promote positive relationships and child and family preparation and adjustment to new settings and services.

    This checklist can be used to develop a transition plan, encourage caregiver decision-making, update the child’s IEP and promote practitioner planning, communication and collaboration skills. It also can be used for self-evaluation to determine whether practices are in place and being implemented.

Transition Illustrations
  • Video Scrapbook on the Medical Home
    Go to: Video Scrapbook on the Medical Home

    These twelve videos clips that with medical home issues related to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. The transition from hospital to home is addressed. Transcripts of each video clip are provided.

    Courtesy WWW: The National Center for Hearing, Assessment and Management.

    Early Intervention Colorado for Infants and Toddlers Video Library

    The following videos are useful for learning about family experiences with first contacts, the early intervention process and other relevant topics related to beginning early intervention services. Practitioners share tips for early intervention processes.

    What is it like to begin services?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

    Why did your family pursue Early Intervention?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

    What is a Service Coordinator?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

  • Foundations Of Transition

    3:37 - 5:13 summarizes research in effective transition practices. A family story is given to illustrate effective staff practices.

    Video courtesy WWW: CONNECT at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

    Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool

    This presentation describes the process for transition from early intervention into preschool special education including legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEA). From 2:00 - 4:01, strategies for parent participation and learning about the transition planning team are described.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Tina's Story

    Tina, a parent, describes how the early intervention and school district staff used collaborative planning strategies in transition planning and facilitated program visitation to support her preparation and adjustment to her child's transition to preschool.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Tom and Lori's Story

    Tom and Lori, Emma's parents describe how the Utah Parent Center supported their preparation for transition planning by offering useful questions to consider and visiting schools programs.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Christine's Story

    Christine, a parent, describes how positive the transition planning experience was and shares the support provided by the early intervention and school district staff.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Parents' Perspectives on School: Tips and Transition

    Six parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs share their top tips on preparing children and families for school transitions. EI to preschool and preschool to K transitions are represented.

    Courtesy WWW: The Center for Learning and Leadership at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

  • So, You Are Going to Kindergarten

    Developed through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Program, this video is geared to incoming kindergarteners and their families. See kindergarten classrooms in action and hear advice from parents, children, teachers and a principal to prepare children and families for a smooth adjustment.

    Video courtesy WWW: Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

    Transition to Kindergarten Resources and Videos
    Go to: Transition to Kindergarten Resources and Videos

    Transitions: From Children's Perspectives provides comments and interviews by children on what to expect and what kindergarten is like.

    Transitions: A Community Perspective on Transition offers strategies used by community program and school personnel to assist families and their children and ensure smooth transitions.

    Courtesy WWW: National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning.

    From Kindergartner to Kindergartner: What's Important for You to Know

    Children in kindergarten offer advice for being successful and adjusting to kindergarten by sharing how to behave in different routines and how to be kind to others.

    Video courtesy the Capistrano Unified School District Department of Media Services of the WWW: Orange County Department of Education.

Transition Practice Guides for Families
  • When a family transitions their infant from the hospital to home and is interested in receiving early intervention and other community services, it is important that they feel comfortable and respected in their communication with the early intervention provider. Sometimes parents may not feel completely comfortable taking care of their new arrival, particularly if the baby was premature or has developmental difficulties or delays. As a parent, you may have concerns about your ability to take care of an infant that is more fragile without the support of hospital personnel. Learning to read your infant’s cues and respond effectively builds your ability to promote your new baby’s development and attachment. It also builds your own confidence and adjustment as a parent.

    Video
    Video courtesy ZERO TO THREE
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  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
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  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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