The people working with your child can become an early learning team to support your child's transition to school. You are a member of this team. Talk with the team about what you would like t happen for your child's transition to school this year.
Discuss which schools your child could attend and organise to visit these schools. Ask your team to help if you like.
Decide which options you prefer for your child. Discuss the required enrolment procedures with the special education consultant.
Make an appointment with school principals to talk about your child's enrolment. The principal or member of staff may meet with your team.
You and your child may be involved in an orientation program at school. People who have supported your child may share program information with the school with your approval. The school may provide suggestions to help your child prepare for next year.
Beginning school is a big step for all children and their families. This transition may present many challenges for a child with a hearing loss. The speed and ease of adjustment for all concerned can be facilitated through careful planning and preparation.
Your child's needs may be met through a range of services including:
What do I need to do?
The early learning support team has a shared responsibility to work collaboratively to support the family with decision making and the development of a transition-to-school plan.
Information supplied by:
NSW Department of Education and Training Disability Programs
Extract from "Transition to school for young children with special learning needs: guidelines for families, early childhood services and schools" NSW Department of School Education, 1997.
Reproduced with permission.
03-Dec-2015 7:45 AM (AEST)