Document Type

Tip Sheet

Publisher

University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

Publication Date

2014

Abstract/ Summary

Young children with and without disabilities experience many changes during their day. Daily transitions in early care and education programs take place during an activity, or when children move from one activity to another or one location to another. Transitions include the following: Arriving at or departing from a program; Exchanging toys; Entering or leaving a play area during free choice time; Cleaning up after morning activities and starting a group circle time; Getting dressed to go outside to play; and Shifting from playing with friends to working with a teacher/therapist on a particular skill. Thoughtful planning is needed so transitions can be positive and enjoyable learning experiences for every child and less stressful for adults. When planned, transitions provide predictability, help children feel safe and secure, and can reduce or prevent behavior problems. Each child is different, and the way any one child reacts to transitions may be influenced by a variety of factors. Careful planning helps all children.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. (2011-2014). Growing ideas: Daily transitions - Time for a change. Orono, ME.

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