At times change can be challenging for our young children, this includes moving from kindergarden into primary school, beginning a new school year with a new teacher and moving from school into intermediate.
It can challenge our children’s emotions, functional skills and at times cause anxiety. This can be understood even as adults when moving jobs or beginning a new job we too can feel anxious.
Children’s confidence and resilience in coping with change is supported mostly by their secure relationships around them, that help to foster the sense of safety in the change to come. These relationships include parents, therapists, friends, family and the school staff (teachers).
In my experience an important aspect of what helps our children cope with these changes, comes down to Preparation.
There are many ways to prepare your child and every child will be different as to what works, however there are some standard strategies which include:
Here is a useful website from Australia which has some great story templates you could create and read to your child to help with preparation https://www.ecia.org.au/Transition-to-School#226781-downloadable-resources
If you have any questions about these recommendations above please do not hesitate to ask.
If your child and family would like support in transitioning to school Connecting Together can support this, helping to make resources, helping to reduce anxiety, and helping your child cope with change.www.facebook.com/pg/Connecting-Together-1599431303464275/about/?ref=page_internal
Thank you for reading,
Poroporoaki hoki inaianei,
Melissa Walker-Tate (Occupational Therapist).
Connecting Together Ltd.