What is a transition ? A transition is a period of time where a something in your life it can be something big or small. In most cases of a transitions it is a personal thing that changes for them it can be either a dramatic change or something small but not irrelevant.What are some normative transitions a young child may go threw in the beginning of their life ?Well all transitions occur in this order more or less: Stage 1 What happens/the event; Stage 2 the problem or reaction that happens after; Stage 3 How it’s resolved.
There are many different types of transitions the main ones are: Death, moving home, moving school, new family member; new sibling and this would be an even bigger transition for an only child (no longer center of attention). Diet because of choice or when an infant goes threw the transition from liquids/milk to blended foods (smooth consistency). Moving from home to nursery or childminder, Moving from room to room within the provision; for example in my placement the children went threw a transition. They had moved coloured carpets(learning area. Moving to Reception class, Moving from Reception to Year 1.Although these are the majority of the major transitions there are still a lot more types. For example; a baby’s teeth could be coming threw i.
e. teething. Another transition could be a new pet being introduced into your home, that transition comes with responsibility as well. An example of the 3 stages of transitions may be; (Stage 1) parent, sibling or family member dies (Stage 2), the child becomes deeply shy and depressed (stage3), that said child would need help to overcome this tragedy and their parent/cares and teacher or a professional in a particular field of profession would help that said child with their grief. The problem would not go away in a short period of time the grief would always be there but it can be changed into something positive and in which their pain would go eventually.A good way to prepare a child for the tragic passing of a family member or close friend ?One good but rather morbid way to prepare for loss is to have pet fish something small like goldfish.
This may not completely prevent your child from experiencing death at an early age but it’s a small mercy compared to actually experiencing something much worse. They may not fully comprehend it bet will have some basic knowledge on the matter. This is one way you can prepare a child for the transition of someone/thing being alive to being deceased. When preparing a child for any transition it’s always important to comfort and reassure a child. Doing this will help the child threw most transitions they may experience.(3.2)Crucial events in a child’s life:These are; a child’s going from no motor functions to being able to turn over and sit up. Another could be a child going from breastfeeding to bottle and then liquidised foods.
Yet these transactions don’t ordinarily set of a major problem; not like the transaction of city to bed. This transition can result in nightmares, wetting the bed and sleep deprivation. Other Transitions/ milestone progressions have other effects on different levels.A child first day at school can also shape their confidence for some time.The way to prevent these is to make the child aware of the transition before it’s implemented.Some ways a child may deal/ react to a transition:Mood swingsRudenessBecome detached Loss of trustEffect dietLack or loss of self esteemShyness Clingy (3.3)How to prepare a young child for a planned transition ? You basically have to reassure them, tell them in advance. Emotionally support them and be sympathetic to their thoughts and views.
Whereas some transitions are sudden a planned transition is called that for a reason. This means you have decided that this transition is going to go ahead and you have planned it in advance. So this means you can involve the child in the decision making and if this is not possible it’s still nice to ask them their opinion.Within school or daycare a child’s key worker would be the one to help them.
They would talk to the child and understand their thoughts and feeling. They would relay it to the parents; not word for word but a summary. They will also make the transitions seem positive. Help them deal with and resolve any worries. A practitioner will also plan activities that will relate to the transition. For example: if a child was moving to a place where it snowed a lot; they could make a powerpoint about the area that they are moving too. Discuss all the new friends they can make and all the new games they can play. Also about their new room.
The key parts; make them aware of the transition; gather and help them deal with worries and make them a part of it. That’s basically what a planned transition is; a decision you make that is decided in advance. The result and the reality in place by a transition being carried out for a child; can be traumatising or just very alarming to a child.What are some key thing that should be factored into the planning of a transition and how a child will be notified of what is occurring ?Listen to what the child thinks & feels .Tell the child in advance but not to early or the child may detach emotionally from their friends and teacher as they may try to protect the self from loss.Talk positively about it.Try to let them be apart of the process and planning.
Make sure your child fully comprehends the situation.Notify the child’s school or nursery so that they can also prepare the child for the transition (i.e. moving) whilst the child is at school or nursery.Doing this thing will not fully resolve the matter but it will ease the child into the idea of threw any planned transition they may encounter.
It may not always be a success but it’s still worth a try.There are also some other factors but all transitions are all mostly unique in some way or another. How thing occur and playout may be different for people.Transition vary and all you have to do is support your child in this time and the majority of transitions pass and do not leave anything in their wake. (3.
4)preparing a child for a transition and supporting them is mostly one in the same, listen to them, talk to them but on their level i.e. height level and their mentality. Transition for babies/toddlers leaving nursery/daycare to 5-7 year old changing classrooms and teachers each year. These are all transitions and are quite alarming yet also exciting at the same time, as transitions don’t always have negative outcomes.
“Practitioners should give children opportunities to talk about their concerns and to ask questions”. – source of infomation (http://www.nurseryworld.co.
uk/nursery-world/news/1080194/transition-settings).”Transitions are the movements, passages or changes from one position, state, stage, subject or concept to another. These changes can be gradual or sudden, and last for differing periods of time”. – information sourced from (http://www.youngminds.org.
uk/training_services/training_and_consultancy/for_schools/wellbeing/transitions).A child’s responses to of a transition. A child would normally only be effected by this at age 10-33 months are the earliest ordinarily that a young child would be affected by a transition. This is not to say a young child may not be any less distressed, but they may not be affected by it as long after the event as an older child would. In most cases this normally a much much alarming and distressing process as you get older, because you are more capable of acknowledging the friendships, bonds and ties that are broken as a result of some transitions.
How do you supports the needs of a child during a transmission ? There are the obvious responses to this like emotional support and physical comfort (i.e. hugs). This right you should also notify the school or the setting your child is attending. With this information in hand whichever form of education the child may be in should have be capable of helping the parent or carers with the child themselves as well and of course the child.