Transitions

Into school reception class.

From home to school and vice versa.

Between year groups/key stages.

In-year transition.

From primary to secondary school.

School to college or university.

Work experience.

School to the workplace.

Themes could include: staff, timetable, choose time, supports, toilets, outdoor/playtime, interventions, assessment tools, friendships, interacting with peers, personalisation, getting to know CYP holistically, importance of not making assumptions.

Changes

Life cycle(s).

Timetable changes at school/college/university.

Different staff: form tutor/teacher or lecturer.

Change of room, building or venue.

Step-parent/step sibling(s).

New home.

New baby.

New uniform: for school, college, clubs, work.

School entrance/classroom.

Death: relative, friend, pet.

New place of worship.

New furniture.

New toilets/dinner hall at school/college.

New kitchen, carpet, or bathroom at home.

Visits

Preparing for a day out at a museum, art gallery: how will I get there, what will it look like, will there be a map, what can I do when I get there? Will there be a quiet area? Where can I eat?

Going to the park, zoo, or seaside: what will it look like, what should I wear, what should I take, what will it smell like, what can I do when I get there?

Visiting family or friends: who are we visiting, why are we visiting them, how will we get there, what will we do when we get there, how long will we be there for what if I want to stay longer or leave earlier?

Packing: what do I need to take, how long will I be away for what will the weather be like?

Mini break/holiday: where are we going, how long for, who with, how will we get there, what will the weather be like, what should I take, will the currency be the same, what language do locals speak?

Personalised supports: calendar, countdown, sensory preparation, types of transport, food and drink, different customs?

Appointments

Hospital: why am I going, what will it look like, who will be there, what are they going to do, what will they wear, how long will I be there, how will I get there, how long will it take, what can I take with me?

Doctor: why am I going, what will the doctor look like, what will the doctor wear, what will the doctor do, what will the building look like, what will I do in the waiting room, what/who will be in the consulting room, how long will I be there, what can I take, will the doctor ask questions?

Dentist: what will they do, why do I need to go, what will the dentist wear, who else will be in the consulting room, will it hurt, if it hurts how do I tell the dentist, how long will I be there?

Occupational Therapist: what will they do, what will they look like, what will they wear, what will they ask me to do, why am I going?

Physiotherapist: what will they do, what will they look like, what will they wear, what will they ask me to do, why am I going?

Dietician: what will they do, what will they look like, what will they wear, what will they ask me to do, why am I going?

Hairdresser/Barber: why do I need a haircut, will it hurt, how long will I be there, what will the hairdresser look like, what will the hairdresser use?