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Transition refers to the time when we move from one stage of life to another. Within education, this includes the transfers from Preschool to Primary School, Primary School to Post-Primary School. Such transitions are some of the most important stages of life and can impact future development and achievement. They bring changes and disturbances to routines, which can cause anxiety and stress, especially to children with autism. However, with the right support and thorough planning, children can prepare for these changes and enjoy as smooth a transition as possible.  

This session will examine why children experience difficulties when faced with a transition to Pre, and Primary School and discuss how developing a greater understanding of transition, with practical approaches to support children on their journey through school and beyond, offers the child the chance of future academic and social success. Within this session, the importance and design of a planned transition process and the role of the parents and educators in this process will be examined along with ideas and suggestions as to how best prepare not only the parents and child but also the education setting. 

Expected Outcomes 

Participants will: 

• Understand why transitions are difficult for autistic children. 

• Understand that it is critical to plan and have a strategy around key transitions in the child’s day and in the child’s life. 

• Develop simple transition plans and supports around key areas. 

• Gain an understanding of available support during transition. 

• Gain knowledge of personalised support to children and young people. 

• Learn how to cope with emotional distress caused by transition, such as stress and anxiety. 

 Overview / Content  

• Transitions and why they are important. 

• Potential key transitions in the home, family and school day. 

• Preparing the child. 

• Use of Communication Passports. 

• Developing a transition plan. 

• Effective communication with school. 

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Dee has extensive experience teaching and supporting autistic children and young people. Her experiences include Pre-school, Early Intervention Autism Classes, Primary Autism Classes, Mainstream Primary and Special Schools. She has written, lectured and assessed modules on the Special Needs Assistant and Level Four Autism qualifications, as professional development for parents and professionals. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork designing and delivering the Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee’s training specialisms are Reframing Behaviour, Early Intervention, Classroom Strategies, and Transitions. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education Autism from the University of Birmingham.

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