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ERIC Number: EJ810562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Be Prepared: Tips for Transitioning into Early Childhood Education
Oliver, Laura Ann
Exceptional Parent, v38 n9 p20-22 Sep 2008
The first days of school can be scary for parents, too. As a child reaches an age where she is ready to begin school, the very thought can overwhelm any parent. As a parent of a child with a disability there are added considerations. Nonetheless, transitions through the early years of school can become relatively easier for both the parents and the child. Knowing how to navigate the early transition periods allows families to face new challenges with greater assurance. Once a child begins school, parents face letting go of the sole responsibility for their child's learning. For even the most actively involved parent, this can prove easier said than done. Parents of children with disabilities can experience significant anxiety when it comes to allowing another person to assume such an important role in their child's life. In spite of that, establishing open lines of communication with the child's school, especially the classroom teacher and paraprofessionals, will help to ensure that parents are kept aware of what occurs when they cannot be with their child. Maintaining this open flow of communication permits a parent to have a voice in all that is going on while the child becomes part of a new educational setting. It is important to remember that transitioning through the early years of education is a process. Therefore, it can take some time for everyone involved (including the child, parents, and teachers) to adjust to an unfamiliar situation. In order to successfully navigate these processes, some knowledge and a great deal of patience are essential. This article provides parents of children with disabilities some useful tips about surviving the early childhood transition periods, focusing primarily on the time between pre-kindergarten and first grade.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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