A transition may be from one school to the next, from one stage of life to the next, from one home to another. All children need help to manage transitions in a healthy way, embracing new opportunities, but being able to look ahead down the road and anticipate potential obstacles.
Transitions always bring opportunity and threat and children with different biases will need different kinds of support to navigate a transition well.
Children who have a bias toward low seeking change and are more controlling, will need help to anticipate the transition and how life will be different after the transition. Discussion, visits, familiarisation and and maintaining predictable rhythms and routines over the change will be especially important for these children.
Children who are attention avoiding and self-protective will need help leaving their friends and particular support making new ones. Parents can help by inviting new friends over, suggesting ways to stay in touch with old friends, and being more available to listen over the period of change.
Children who over-regulate may need help to cope with the disorder and relative uncertainty during the period of change. Getting one room of a new house completely finished and tidy, helping them plan their homework, and master any new schedule will be reassuring.
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- The articles on this page support children with patterns of behaviour which are known to be particularly associated with problems in transitions.