Successful Part C to Part B Transition Using a Collaborative Approach
The transition from Early Intervention to School-Based services can be an exciting but also a stressful time for families and service providers because it involves many changes. Changes include moving from the philosophy of a family-centered to a student-centered approach, from a primary service provider to multiple providers, from year-round services to a school calendar, from the home or daycare to a preschool in a public school. Legal requirements relating to transition do not address collaboration between therapists from the sending and receiving agencies. Studies have identified collaboration and team support as positively contributing to the transition process. This session will describe the strategies and supports used during the transition process within a large school district including early intervention and school-based providers, families, and preschool staff to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for children turning 3 (or 4). Barriers and facilitators related to successful transition between the home and school contexts will be explored through case examples.