Transition without understanding can be a common moment for fear, behaviour issues and confusion. Transition can be small scale (e.g. changing from one activity to another, from room to room) or large scale (e.g. from class to class, home to school), or life stage changes. Symbols can aid understanding, and thus ease transition.
Based on years of practice in education and family homes, this session will share a range of tried and tested activities, ideas and resources which have been created to support symbol supported transition. From low- to high-tech AAC, all the ideas have been successful with a child or user.
By using a range of approaches, and identifying key factors in transition before it is to happen, symbol supports can be added to current AAC, the environment or specially prepared resources – thus effective preparation, implementation and evaluation are possible.
Symbol supported transition has benefits both for the individual identified as requiring them, but also for the staff and adults working around the user and many of the other users who may not have presented as having issues.