This topical guide on transitions in early intervention will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Early Intervention Workbook : Essential Practices for Quality Services
Lynda C. Pletcher and Naomi Younggren.
HV 713 .P566 2013 842323206
Brookes Publishing, 2013.
This comprehensive resource walks readers through every key step of the early intervention journey with children birth to 3, from the crucial first meeting with a family to the child's transition out of intervention.
- From Early Intervention – to Preschool Programs – and Schoolage Services: A Parent’s guide to Transitioning Young Children with Special Needs
LC 4019.3 .S243 2006 65341342
Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, 2006
This parent guide is designed to empower families to ask the right questions and seek the most relevant information from the professionals to help make effective transition-related decisions for young children with special needs
- Introducing Me (Me Too! Series)
Marci J. Hanson & Maria L. Morgan
HV 888 .H251i 2001 45532489
Introducing Me is one of a series of books called Me, Too! written for parents to help with the transition into preschool of young children with special needs. These short books are designed to be read with children. These books help parents with selecting a preschool, building relationships with people in the community, understanding their child’s behavior and their child’s friendships, and creating schedules and routines.
- Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, Deidre Hayden, and Cherie Takemoto
LC 4031 A552 2008 181335776
Woodbine House, 2008
This guide covers what parents and advocates need to consider when a child is not succeeding in an early childhood program or school: seeking an evaluation, planning an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), understanding classroom placement options, and monitoring progress.
- The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
WS 350.6 K27e 2010 369296194
Teachers College Press, 2010
Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
- Tools for Transition in Early Childhood: A Step-by-Step Guide for Agencies, Teachers, and Families
Beth S. Rous & Rena A. Hallam
HQ 778.63 .R863 2006 71266408
This how-to guide provides a step-by-step model showing how families and professionals can work together to design effective transitions for young children with special needs.
- Transitions for Young Children: Creating Connections across Early Childhood Systems
Sharon Lynn Kagan and Kate Tarrant
LB 1139.25 .K11 2010 640510962
Paul H. Brookes, 2010
This book brings together writings on early childhood transitions from leading researchers and practitioners around the world. Focusing on both vertical and horizontal transitions, the expert contributors give readers in-depth guidance to enhance and improve transitions.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- First IEP: Parent Perspectives
30 minute; DVD
LB 1031 .C518 2005 77464921
Paul H. Brookes Pub.; 2005
This video facilitates collaboration between professionals and parents as they help young children make the transition from early intervention to preschool. The video answers questions and concerns about IEPs, gives viewers an accurate picture of the process, and promotes dialogue between families and professionals.
- Transition: The Never-Ending Story
LC 4019.3 .T772 2001 528639228
STARNET Regions I & III, 2001
This video shows interviews with early intervention professionals and parents to explain the transition from early intervention to preschool. It discusses important points for best practices.
- Turning 3, from C to B: Age 3 Transitions for Kids with Special Needs = Tercer Cumpleaños, De Parte C a Parte B: Transiciones Para Niños Con Necesidades Especiales.
LC 4019.2 .T955 2006T 301796213
Landlocked Films, 2006
This video explains the age 3 transition from Part C to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through interviews with families, providers, and school officials.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Exceptional Parent, 34(9), 54, 56–59
Transition: A New Path in the Journey
Susan Addison. (2004)
This article uses one family’s story to illustrate some of the challenges for families of young children with special needs as they make the transition out of early intervention programming.
- Young Exceptional Children, 10(3), 10–16
Transitions of Families from Early Intervention to Preschool Intervention for Children with Disabilities
Ann M. Connelly. (2007)
This article provides an overview of the transition from Part C to Part B services and discusses methods of dealing with issues or problems that might arise during the process.
- Young Exceptional Children, 12(3), 15–31
Using Interagency Collaboration to Support Family-Centered Transition Practices
Diane M. Branson and Ann Bingham. (2009)
Using the story of Lanie and her son Harry, this article explains collaboration between parents and professionals during the transition process.
- Young Exceptional Children, 4(2), 12–14
Birth to Three Transition: One Family’s Story
Beth Swedeen. (2001)
In this article, a mother describes her journey with her daughter through the transition from early intervention services.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- Beach Center on Disability: Transition to Preschool
The Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas has created a collection of materials on early childhood transitions, including numerous online videos, research summaries, booklets, and links for more information.
- Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know
For families of young children with special needs, the transition between Early Intervention (EI) and the world of early childhood can be daunting. Successful transitions engage parents and caregivers in developing the transition team, focusing on strengths to identify goals and challenges, sharing information between families and the sending and receiving programs, preparing the child for change, monitoring the child’s and family’s experiences, and evaluating the transition process. Also in Spanish.
- National Early Childhood Transition Center
The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) provides information to parents and professionals about practices and strategies for successful transitions in early childhood special education. This Web site includes research briefs, links to other organizations, a database of literature on transitions, webinars, and a “transition toolkit.”
- Tearless Transitions
Transitions are the times when children change from one activity to another. Young children sometimes react to transitions by engaging in challenging behaviors. Consistent classroom routines may help, but young children can still find transitions difficult. Good planning helps teachers smooth the way. Also in Spanish and Polish.
- When I'm 3 Where Will I Be?
This workbook was created by parents and early intervention and school personnel. It guides Illinois families through their child's transition from Early Intervention Program services. This online booklet is designed to help parents with setting goals, sharing information with professionals, understanding the evaluation process, and preparing for the first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. View Spanish).