Our Transition to School Story
Like all parents, we worried and hoped for the best possible transition for our daughter into Kindergarten. She had been excelling in all of her Team Service Plan goals through the guidance and support of her preschool educators and we wondered how she would cope with the transition to a larger school environment with more expectations and less individual support. To ease our concerns, we requested an interview with the school principal to discuss our daughter’s diagnosis. In late June, we contacted the resource teacher to develop a transition plan to deal specifically with our daughter’s anxiety towards changes in routines and environments. We also attended the school’s spring BBQ so she could become familiar with this new environment. We read the social story about her new school all summer and talked with excitement about Kindergarten.
The week before school, we made arrangements to meet her new teacher and to tour her classroom and discussed what to expect on the first day. She had a wonderful first day and her teacher wrote us a note to let us know that she enjoyed meeting and talking to her peers and was beginning to learn her new room and routines.
She has continued to thrive, largely because of the school’s willingness to work in partnership with us. As a team we established her Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and decided on what accommodations to make to meet her learning needs. We are certain that the relationship we have developed with the school has created a wonderful start to our daughter’s educational journey.
Written by Sonia and Matthew