Children with learning disabilities and other special needs face unique challenges every day, but those challenges are heightened at the critical times when they graduate from one school to the  next in their progress from pre-school to graduation. On April 4 at 9:30 a.m., the Summit Public Schools Special  Education Department will present workshops to discuss school transitions and what to expect at each level, including Pre-K to Kindergarten; elementary school to middle school; and middle school to high school. The Pre-K to elementary and elementary to middle school workshops will be at the Summit Board of Education conference center at 14 Beekman Terrace. The middle to high school portion will at the Summit High School Library. All parents are welcome. For further information, please contact Amy Larson, liaison for the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC), at aglarson@verizon.net.

At the Pre-K to elementary and elementary to middle school workshops, an occupational therapist from Trinitas Children's Therapy Services will talk about developmentally appropriate activities and strategies that parents can use at home to promote children’s fine- and gross-motor skills as they transition from preschool to kindergarten or kindergarten to first grade.
The middle school portion of the workshops, also at 14 Beekman Terrace, will address the transition process from elementary school to middle school for “classified” students – those who receive special assistance at school. Topics will include how the structure of the middle school is different from the elementary school; and the roles of the contact teacher and other supportive adults, and how they work with parents and students. They will also discuss opportunities for students to become active in the middle school community.
 
The high school portion of the April 4 workshops will address key aspects of the transition process from middle school to high school for classified students. Some of the topics include adjusting to high school; understanding the IEP (Individual Education Plan); the Transition program; and the roles of contact teacher, in- class support teacher, and case manager. They will also examine communication, balancing schoolwork with extracurricular activities, and ways in which various caring adults can support students as they begin this new adventure.