Transitions: Anxiety and Supportive Relationships

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Types of transitions - CYPW Unit 3.1 Task 5 explain how different types of transitions can affect children, young people

an explanation of how different types of transitions can affect children and young people

To help expand on this, the impact supportive relationships have for children experiencing transitions...

1. Types of transitions are
• Emotional - personal experiences such as parent's separating, bereavement, begining or leaveing a place of care. • Physical - change in environments
• Intellectual - maturation, moving from one educational establishment to another. • Physiological - pubertyor medical conditions

2. Common Transitions 0-19 years, possible affects and benefit positive relationship may have:

• Babies weaning - young children may not like the texture or taste of other foods and may lose weight if weaning attempts to replace a milk diet too early. Children may begin to have disturbed sleep patterns, be more irritable whilst awake and less motivated to try new foods. Supportive relationships help to overcome the anxiety during these times with use of a soothing, calm voice, reassurance through eye contact, physical contact to comfort, play ideas that help distract tension and diffuse worry, or maybe anger at facing another unwanted episode of food tasting. Motivate trying new foods by showing how you taste them first and what imapct that has - facial expression yum, where this is hesitant try a tongue tip & touch approach to a new food, have knowledge of baby led weaning and the benefits this has for self motivated experimentation with foods, tastes, flavours, textures that are set solely at the child's own pace:

Weaning and supporting children during this transition - leaflet from the Department of Health

• Loss of a comforter - the transition between having a soother, dummy or pacifier and not having one can be quite traumatic. Supportive relationships will understand that what a child has come to rely on for reassurance and comfort to assist sleep and achieve calm maywell be gone.

* Premature babies and using a pacifier on a special care baby unit * Weaning babies from a dummy tips
* Soothers and dental problems
* Dummy guidance from the FSID foundation sudden infant death reseach regarding overheating and rem sleep * Pacifiers and oral thrush
* Should I give my child a dummy - from speech and language therapy services of Halton and St Helens PCT * Effect of a dummy/pacifier on breastfeeding research by Cochrane - and summary response from Rosie Dodds policy advisor to the NCT

• Move from crawling to walking - this transition sees children reach new perspectives on thier lives, viewing the world around them from an independantly upright position. They can obtain items with greater ease, move with increasing speed. Supportive relationships will ensure children explore their environment safely with interest and enjoyment.

Accidents and child development publication - supporting transitions

• Move from cot to bed - a child may feel insecure with new sleeping arrangements, may have disturbed sleep patterns, wake more or less frequently, be happier or more withdrawn / tired / aggressive / upset at leaving parents during the day. They may react negatively when they realise bed is the next part of their day and behaviour may regress. Supportive relationships help to overcome these fraught, stressful times, reassuring children in ways that show it's ok to be concerned at changes - what is resillience and have knowledge of ideas that it's claimed help children establish healthy sleeping routines.

Children and sleep from the BBC and new bed storybooks and going to bed

• Move from nappies to using the toilet - is a potential confidence and self esteem demoraliser. The reassurance that nappies offer can be enormous for both child and parent. Some children move effortlessly through this transition with seemingly minimal support, for others it is more difficult...
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