Note: This post was uploaded by Teresa Avery, but written by students in the University of Delaware’s Early Childhood Education program.
Many times information and resources for families, students, teachers, and professionals about the transition to Kindergarten is neglected. Especially when discussing students who have autism. When thinking about individuals with autism transitioning, the focus is usually on their transition into adulthood. As early childhood educators, we know that transitioning into kindergarten programs can be a scary situation for both the family and the student involved. We want to provide everyone with the support and information they need to make the transition process go as smoothly as possible. This transition can have major impacts on students, families, teachers, and professionals, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or scary. The most important part of this transition is working together as a team with everyone involved to make the transition as comfortable and easy as it can be for the student.
We have created a website that is full of information for the transition into kindergarten. The three main sections of the website include: effects of the transition into kindergarten, what we can do to help this transition, and specific information on the transition into kindergarten special education programs. The first section is broken into three parts: the effects of the transition on the student, the effects of the transition on the family, and the effects of the transition on the teachers and service providers. The second section includes information on what we can do as parents, teachers, and service providers to make this transition smooth for the student. The third and final section is information specific to transitioning into special education kindergarten programs.
We are a team of Early Childhood Education Majors at the University of Delaware with a concentration in Special Education. We have been learning about education and the role of the teacher in Special Education over the past few years. We value the role of the students family in their education. All of us believe that the role of early education and intervention is especially important for children with Autism and want to change the future of Early Childhood Education as a field.
Note from Autism Delaware: We would like to applaud the amazing group of University of Delaware early childhood education majors who put together this blog post and this website! These dedicated students are looking forward to bright futures as teachers…we hope right here in Delaware!
Of course, there is a LOT to know about the transition to Kindergarten…from IEPs to the IFSP and many things in between. If you need help during transition–or any time–don’t hesitate to contact our family navigators at 302-224-6020 in northern Delaware and 302-644-3410 in southern Delaware.