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Identify the transitions experienced by most children and young people Describe with example how transitions may affect children and young people’s behaviour and development

The transition experienced by most children and young people are:

• Arrival of a new born baby

• Moving houses

• Death of a family member

• Changing school

• Starting nursery

• puberty

Identify transitions that only some children and young people may experience

The transitions that only some children and young people may experience are:

• Death of family member

• Main carer going to war

• Teen pregnancy

• New home

• New parent/carer moving in

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Transitions are the movement or changes from one position, stage or state to another. These changes can be gradual or sudden, and last for differing periods of time.

Transitions can be stressful for children and young people and this stress can have far reaching effects on children’s emotional wellbeing and academic achievement.

Children face many transitions in their young lives. One of the main transitions is changing schools. This may make them feel anxious and nervous, they may be apprehensive about what their new school is going to be like. They may be sad because they are leaving their friends and familiar security of their previous school. They may experience sense of loss and even bereavement about losing friends. They may become ill, this maybe a genuine stress related to illness or a pretend illness that will delay the change that is upsetting them. Younger children may become clingy and display behaviour of a younger child because they feel vulnerable. Older children may have sleepless nights. They may develop mood swings and become grumpy and irritable. They may experience loss of appetite or binge to comfort. In extreme cases children may self-harm or even think about suicide....
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