Transition Activities with Middle and High School Special Needs Students

Beginning in February, the middle school teacher begins bringing students to the high school to work on transition. Students will sit in on instruction in my classroom. They will participate in going to general education classes. Students will have lunch in the high school cafeteria and much more.

In addition to those activities, once a month the high school and middle school classrooms go on a CBI activity together for transition purposes. These trips are fun and entertaining. We have gone to different pumpkin patches for hayrides, out to eat, to watch a movie, Christmas shopping, and more. The purpose of these trips is transition.

The middle school teacher and I work closely together to make the transition from middle to high school easier on the students. Of course, the activities also make it easier on the teachers as well. Each month, we plan activities to have our students working and playing together to help form those needed friendships and bonds before the actual transition occurs.

One activity from last fall was a scavenger hunt. The students were broken into groups. Each group consisted of high school and middle school students. This allowed them to get to know each other and begin to learn to work together. The setting was a Halloween Express. Each group had a list of objectives to accomplish. Students may need to find a worker to sing with them or locate different items in the store. The scavenger hunt was a list of picture items to assist the students in completing the project. Ashley, the middle school teacher, developed the activity. Everyone, including the Halloween Express employees, had a blast.

For the month of September, we took the students out to eat and to watch a movie. Even with issues that occurred during the trip, it was a great success. We had a wonderful time. Students are able to get to know one another and work on needed community skills. For this trip, I discovered the need to work with my assistants on being a bit neater. She turned around in the theater, and ended up throwing her popcorn all over me and the student I was pushing in his wheelchair.

The middle and high school students really look forward to these trips. A few of the benefits are:

  • it’s educational

  • the older kids can visit with their former teacher

  • I am able to get to know each student and the different needs he/she has

  • the middle school students to become better acquainted with me to help them with the transition.

Working and playing together leads toward an exciting education!

Do you have any special activities to help students adjust to transitioning?