This can be a very stressful time for your child. You as the parent or guardian should do your best not to create any needless stress or anxiety for your child. Most children should transition well, but this could cause them much distress.

Your child should be given the opportunity to begin making their own decisions. This can be towards homework, friends, etc. Of course you will have to use your best judgment. It is good for a child to start learning how to balance their time wisely.

You want to also keep an open communication with your child. Listen to what they are telling you. Try to key in on what they are telling you indirectly. Be prepared to talk to your child’s teachers and be open to talk to them about your concerns.

Start allowing your child to become more involved socially at school. They should be making new friends and expanding their peer contacts. Many parents try to have the child continue with the same friends they have had in the earlier grades. While they should not just stop playing with their old friends, making new ones helps to expand their growth.

You should encourage your child to begin to develop more skills and talents. They might like to begin playing an instrument, join the choir, run for school senate, etc. The key point to making your child’s transition to middle school a success is keeping them balanced.

Special Education

Special education is extra help, tailored programs, special learning environments, and also could include specific equipment or supplies to support small children, youth, teenagers and young adults with their skills, learning and to help them participate in education.

It is found that there are an ample percentage of children and young people whom have some form of special education needs. The most common forms of special education usually include learning difficulties, communication problems, emotional or behavior difficulties, intellectual difficulties, as well as physical and sensory or impairments.

Most if not all schools have programs to offer their special education students. Typically these programs are government funded. They will typically range in programs for the children with high or very high needs or as well as children with minimal special needs.

There are also other programs offered for special education students which suffer from hearing or vision impairments. These students are matched up and typically will work with specialists. There is a large amount of support which is available from early childhood education up to high school levels. The schools and the government try to make certain that all children and young people have equal access the school’s’ curriculum and are able to participate furthering their education.