Transitioning Through the Stages of Education


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As you may be aware, some of our special loved ones do not respond well to change, which, unfortunately, is inevitable
as students’ progress through the various stages of education. Students may showcase behaviors, depression, increase
in anxiety, etc. when faced with a transition to a new grade or school. For this reason, intentional proactive planning by
the IEP Team is critical for a smooth transition. The strategies contained in this guide will help, you as the parent, open
up conversations with the IEP team to proactively plan for the student’s transition to each grade-level.
The transitional stages of education outlined in this guide include:

  • Primary School (also known as Elementary School)
  • Intermediate School (also known as Middle School or Junior High)
  • High School
  • Post-Secondary School (also known as universities, community college, trade school, vocational school, etc.)



Within the guide special needs parents will learn:

  • Why it is important to create an individualized transition plan for each grade a student enters.
  • How to respond to well-intentioned traps that school staff members may use to try to remove services or dissolve
    the entire IEP during the transition from Primary School to the Intermediate School.
  • The common challenges and new experiences a child will face as they transition into the next stage of education,
    such as from Primary School to Intermediate School. i.e. environment, academics, peers, rules and schedules.
  • About checklists that should be utilized by the IEP team to ensure the child with a disability, their parents and the
    new school staff is adequately prepared for the transition into Intermediate School, High School or Post-
    Secondary School.
  • Actionable steps to strengthen your child’s self-advocacy skills.



Who would benefit from this guide:

  • Parents who need to build their advocacy skills and relieve anxiety about what to ask for in their child’s education.
  • Parents who are confident in advocating for their child but need to know what to ask for.
  • Parents who have an advocate but want to sharpen their knowledge and skill so they can make the best use of their
    advocate’s time.
  • Parents who do not have the resources to have a full-time advocate or to leave the house and attend workshops in
    their community.




Mosaic Haven, LLC is NOT a practicing attorney and does not provide legal advice or legal services. Our goal is to help
you understand the special education process, the procedures in place and assist you in advocating within these
guidelines for your child. Mosaic Haven, LLC can help you understand and navigate the process of IEP/504 Plans but
cannot guarantee any specific outcomes. All advocacy decisions are your own.


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