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Tips for Success in 2023

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It’s starting to get to the end of 2022, and you might already be starting to think about how you will ease the transition for the children you know. Or if you are just coming out of learning from home and moving to in-person teaching, these transition tips will help reduce anxiety and stress!

Transition can be big or small changes: it includes change in teacher, change in room, change in students in the class not just starting preschool, school, high school and beyond.

The nature of autism is such that transition can be extremely stressful, no matter what age or how BIG or SMALL the change maybe.


Changing Teacher is like…. Moving to a Foreign Country
For children with autism, moving to a new teacher, classroom or campus is like moving to foreign country. There is a different language (e.g. old teacher says ‘pack away’, new teacher says ‘clean up’). Teachers and other students have different facial expressions and body language to interpret, new rules, new schedules, new smells, different pencils, just to mention a few changes. This new ‘foreign country’ causes the child to feel enormous anxiety and stress, which in turn can lead to behaviour. This anxiety and behaviour can be managed by effective planning and transition strategies.
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I have prepared THREE FREE Cheat Sheets for Transition:

Transition Tips Booklet

✅ 13 Separation Anxiety Tips
📌 12+ Page Student Transition Guide
⭐️ Preschool to Post School Tips

✅ Checklist for Success
📌 Top Tips for Children Starting School in 2023
🌼 School to Work Transition for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Transition Student Programme

✅ Academic
✅ Behavioural
✅ Communication
✅ Learning at Home
✅ Social Skills
✅ General / Sensory

10 Things About Me

An informative guide to enable student self-advocation

This is the perfect solution for assisting a smooth transition, and ensuring the student’s new teacher is aware of what to do and what not to do.


Transition Resources

For specific reading and Cheat Sheets for Transition look for these pages:

  • Making it a Success by Sue Larkey, pages 115-116
  • The Essential Guide to Secondary School by Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans, page 79
  • The Early Years by Sue Larkey and Gay von Ess, page 82
  • From Anxiety to Meltdown by Deborah Lipsky, page 172
  • I’m Going to School by Anna Tullemans
  • How to Stop Your Words from Bumping by Anna Tullemans and Rhonda Dixon


Making it a Success

| by Sue Larkey | This is the ideal reference for schools to successfully integrate students into the classroom. It provides easy to follow, proven strategies and worksheets to use immediately. Dr. Tony Attwood writes in the foreword: “Sue has a remarkable ability to identify and briefly explain the difficulties experienced by a child with autism in a regular classroom and to suggest realistic and practical strategies to improve abilities and behaviour. Her advice is succinct and wise.”

The Essential Guide to Secondary School

| by Sue Larkey & Anna Tullemans | Revised and expanded in 2016. A practical guide to secondary school. Ideas for
all staff, from curriculum engagement, accommodations, group work, homework, using technology, behaviour support, organisational skills to building independence. Includes proformas to photocopy and save you time. This book has over 100 pages of proven ideas and strategies. MASSIVE TIME SAVER for busy Teachers & Parents

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The Early Years: The Foundations For All Learning

| by Sue Larkey & Gay von Ess | This book is full of practical ideas to give children with an ASD and other developmental delays the KEYS to learning. Teaching to play, write, draw, imitate etc. Toilet training, community access, etc. To sit, ask for help, wait, play, attention to task, sign songs, etc. Great easy to photocopy programmes.

From Anxiety to Meltdown

| by Deborah Lipsky | How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene Effectively. This is a MUST HAVE book!!

I’m Going to School

| by Anna Tullemans | A workbook for children who are beginning pre-school or school. This book helps them to create a visual guide for preparing for those first steps into a new environment. The children get to take photos and paste them into the book. They can also draw maps to help them find their way around a new school. Each year the book is updated to include the new calendar for that year. It can be used for new students or students who are moving into the next year of school so they can re-acquaint themselves with their new surroundings.

How to Stop Your Words Bumping into Someone Else’s

| by Anna Tullemans & Rhonda Dixon | This book has 18 great A4 clear pages with an excellent picture to explain so many of the common challenges students with an ASD face in social and school situations. They include: Getting Someone’s Attention, Starting a Conversation, Interrupting, Asking Someone to Play, What if a Person Says ‘No’?, Asking for Help, How loud or soft your voice should be, Waiting in Line, Waiting on the Mat and Waiting at your Desk.