Crossing Over

Spencer, Vicky G.
March 2005
Intervention in School & Clinic;Mar2005, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p247
Academic Journal
This article offers several tips on how to prepare elementary school students with disabilities to transition into middle school. Moving from elementary to middle school is an exciting time for most students, who feel a certain sense of accomplishment in leaving those elementary years behind and earning that rite of passage into middle school. However, for some students, that excitement can be overshadowed by fears of the unknown. Questions such as, Can I find my classes, my locker, the cafeteria, the bathroom? can increase the anxiety level of any student. For students who have disabilities, these concerns can be magnified. Currently, transition research dealing with the effects of making the transition from elementary to middle school on the development of adolescents exists in general education but not in special education. This article contains useful information that students with disabilities and their parents and teachers have provided over the past few years. The following is a list of considerations for students, parents,and educators in preparing elementary school students with disabilities to transition into middle school. Although the list is not exhaustive, it is meant to encourage Individualized Education Program team members to begin thinking about the process of transition for students with special needs and what that will involve for each student.


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