Transitions are not easy for people with autism. Transition tells us that ‘it is time to move on’ and pre-supposes that one is ready, willing and equipped to do so. Autism however says ‘I have to stay here because ‘here’ is all I know’ and assumes that anything outside of ‘here’ is chaotic, unpredictable and unpleasant. Fortunately however, with the understanding of how difficult change can be for those on the spectrum comes the possibility to create greater order, predictability and clarity within transition situations.
~ Wendy Lawson
The keys to a successful transition may be summarised as follows:
1) Planning and preparation – All parties must have a good level of awareness of the transition plan and the role they play in it.
2) Communication – Information must be shared effectively between the receiving school and those people who know the pupil well.
3) Individual programmes – no ‘one-size’ fits all.
We understand that moving classes and teachers can create anxiety. To help our pupils ‘know’ more about their next teacher, please take a look below at the photos of our teachers. We hope you find our social stories useful. They can be printed off and shared with your child daily, during the Summer holidays.
Transition to KS3
The strategies and approaches Incorporated in our KS2 to KS3 transition action plan aim to:
- Raise the pupil’s awareness of the likely differences that will be encountered and prepare him/her for these.
- Raise parents’ awareness of the transition process and the role they have to play in making it successful.
- Familiarise the pupil with the environment, routines, people and expectations at the new school.
- Familiarise new teaching and support staff with the pupil and their individual strengths and needs.
- Reassure pupils, parents/carers and schools that the pupil can be successful in their chosen secondary setting.