Transition Planning

What to expect from a Transition Meeting

What is the objective of the meeting?

  • To create a plan to help Kim transition from her early intervention program to kindergarten.
  • To create strategies to help Kim with the transition prior to starting school
  • To make the transition process easy and comfortable for Kim and her family

Who and what is available to help with the transition?

  • School Board and Future Principal, Teachers, Special Education Teachers
  • Kim and her family
  • Pediatrician, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and SLP

What is the process?

  • Phase 1: Preparation

- This is leading up to the Transition meeting.

  • Phase 2: Development of the plan

- This is the meeting and the creating of the Transition plan.

  • Phase 3: Documentation and Implementation

- This is writing down the plan, putting it into action and providing copies to the necessary parties.

What are the roles and responsibilities at the meeting?

  • Student: to be present, as their commitment to the plan is vital in it being successful
  • Parents, Other Family members and Non-Family Advocated: to advocate for the student, to help the student feel more comfortable, assist the student in communicating etc.
  • School System Personnel: Principal, Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Subject Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Education Assistants, School Board Special Education Admins, Psychologists and Other Professionals, Community Service and Health Care Providers etc. Each of these people play a unique role in ensuring a smooth transition. They offer expertise and assistance when it comes to transition planning. It is likely that these personnel will play an integral part of a child's education at some point or another. However not all personnel will attend, as it is by an as-needed basis.
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How will it help prepare for the future?

  • It will help by creating a positive experience for Kim when transitioning
  • It will help to create a new routine and prepare her for being in a classroom
  • It will lessen the stress of transitioning on both Kim and her family
  • It will present new and effective strategies for Kim and her family to use while transitioning.