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ERIC Number: ED481992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Helping Children Make Transitions between Activities. What Works Briefs.
Ostrosky, M. M.; Jung, E. Y.; Hemmeter, M. L.
This brief discusses the confusion some young children feel in moving from one activity to another (e.g., bus to classroom, cubbies to book reading, art time to lunch) that often results in frustration and challenging behaviors. The paper provides practical information on a variety of strategies to help preschool children make smooth, independent transitions. Using a question and answer format, it addresses the following issues: (1) What are transitions between activities?; (2) Why is it important to address transitions between activities?; (3) Who are the children who have participated in research on transitions?; (4) Where do I find more information on implementing this practice?; and (5) What is the scientific basis for this practice? Examples of how specific practices might be used and a one page summary handout for practitioners and families are included. (SG)
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, 61 Children's Research Center, 51 Gerty Dr., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820 ($1). Tel: 217-333-4123; Fax: 217-244-7732; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.; Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Child Care Bureau.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Prepared by the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.