ERIC Number: ED386007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
From Early Intervention to Preschool: Preparing Parents for the Transition.
Schmutz, Lori J.
This practicum addressed the anxiety and stress experienced by parents when their 3-year-old child with a disability or risk of developmental delay is transitioning from early intervention services to preschool. Questionnaires were administered to 20 parents to identify the causes of stress and anxiety during transitions and to determine their knowledge, involvement, and satisfaction with the transition. In addition, five staff members of the public schools were interviewed regarding preparation of parents for the transition. Factors which were found to contribute to parents' stress and anxiety concerned lack of parent involvement and information regarding the new program, the closed door policy of the new placement, and the lack of both a written transition plan and interagency collaboration. In response, four parent education workshops and a familiarization visit to the preschool programs were conducted. The workshops, which included both the sending and receiving teachers, addressed transitions, placement options, rights of parents of special needs children, and parent participation. The strategy was successful in reducing stress and anxiety levels of parents and increasing their knowledge of and confidence in the transition process. Appendices provide the pre/post-tests, interview form, and a workshop evaluation. (Contains 43 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Developmental Delays, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Information Needs, Knowledge Level, Parent Education, Parent Rights, Parent School Relationship, Parent Workshops, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness, Stress Variables, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.