Transitions for Children and Youth: How Occupational Therapy Can Help


Transition is a part of every child’s life. Transitions from early intervention to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and high school ultimately prepare a child for adult life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of transition at two distinct points:

  • The move from early intervention under IDEA Part C for Infants and Toddlers to preschool or kindergarten school services under IDEA Part B for Children ages 3–21.
  • The move from high school services to adult life after graduation under IDEA Part B. The overall goal of IDEA is to prepare students with disabilities for “further education, employment, and independent living.”


After High School Assistive Technology Autism Spectrum Disorder Computer Access - AT Developmental Delay Early Intervention Elementary Employment High School Home/Personal Care - AT Independent Living Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Intellectual Disabilities Middle School Mild/Moderate Disabilities Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairment Other Health Impairment Preschool Related Services Self-Determination Transition Traumatic Brain Injury