ERIC Number: ED372541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Supported Transition into Kindergarten for Preschool Students with Special Needs.
Howell, Evelyn N.
This paper describes a supported transition plan for preschool students with special needs who are entering a kindergarten classroom. The transition plan includes the following phases: (1) make decision regarding kindergarten placement; (2) develop a preplacement plan which includes a visitation to the preschool program by kindergarten staff; and (3) implement supported transition. Key components of the plan include: empowering the general education teacher with knowledge and skills in dealing with the student with special needs; increased communication among educators, parents, and administrators; provision of services by a member of the preschool staff who acts as a transition technician with the student's general education teacher and the student in the kindergarten classroom; and a scheduled timeline of services. The plan was designed for a rural school setting but could be utilized in an urban setting with minimal adaptations. The plan utilizes the skills of an educator, speech/language pathologist, teaching assistant, and occupational therapist. Six recommendations for program implementation are offered. (Contains 32 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (72nd, Denver, CO, April 6-10, 1994). Master's Project, Grand Valley State University.