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Educational Transitions

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Overview

Whether moving from preschool to kindergarten, from middle school to high school, or to a new school or placement, transitions can throw a lot of curve balls at our kids. Check out these resources to help kids handle these many transitions and thrive in their new school environment.

How do I help my child transition between schools?

Whether your child is moving to a new placement at a different school or they’re advancing to elementary, middle, or high school, your IEP team should hold a transition IEP meeting. For advice specific to your child’s age, check out our article Moving to a New School? Here’s What to Know About Transition IEPs.

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Overview

How do I help my child transition between schools?

What considerations do I need to address at my child’s transition IEP meeting?

Who can help my child prepare for middle or high school transitions?

When will my child begin the Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) process?

Related Parent Questions

How do I make sure my child’s new teacher is familiar with their IEP?
Create a one-page "IEP at a glance" to share with your child’s team, which can include your child’s diagnosis, services, accommodations, supports, IEP goals, and contact information for the people on your child’s care team.
What is an Individual Transition Plan?
An Individual Transition Plan (ITP) is a document created as part of the IEP to prepare a student for life after high school. The school should play the role of case manager in creating a collaborative team between the school and other government and public service organizations.
Can my child still get special education services after they graduate high school?
Once a student graduates with a high school diploma, they are no longer eligible for special education and related services through the school district. If a student has their certificate of completion, they can, by law, remain in the post-secondary program until their twenty-second birthday.

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