Transition to Secondary School Group

Our Transition To Secondary School Group  aims to address the difficulties that young people with special educational needs face when they transition from primary school to secondary school.

Open to children of all abilities, this programme helps to prepare students for the change to that they have the skills to adapt to life in secondary school.

Group Objectives

The group aims to address the difficulties that young people with special educational needs face when they transition from primary school to secondary school. The group will consist of children with similar needs, and will focus on learning strategies to help deal with the issues encountered along the way.

  • Student & Parent Expectations
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Organisational skills
  • Effective Study Skills
  • Preparation for change

 

This Group is Facilitated by Sensational Kids Multi-Disciplinary Team

Occupational Therapists
Speech & Language Therapists
Educational Psychologist
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Gayle Kearney
Play Therapist Yvonne O’Neill

Venue

Kildare Town Community School

Kildare Town, and is open to children from anywhere in Ireland to attend.

 

 

Who should attend?

Transitioning to Secondary school is a specially designed programme for children with special educational needs who are currently in 6th class who have difficulties in the following areas: organisation, time management, coping with change, coping with peers and coping with schoolwork. The group is open to children of all abilities and is designed for children with special educational needs.

Cost

The cost of this group is subsidised by a grant from The Ireland Funds. Without funding places on this group will be in the region of €200+ each but with funding places will cost in the region of €30 per child.

Included in this cost, each child will receive:

A Folder with hand-outs about each session so that at the end of the course they will have a resource to refer back to in the future.

A pack of resources worth over €20 to help with organisational skills which includes,

  • A pack of coloured book labels
  • Weekly magnetic whiteboard planner
  • A pack of punched pockets with coloured divider tabs
  • A pack of extra wide subject dividers
  • A pack of arrow flat stiky notes
  • A pack of coloured highlighters
  • Self adhesive label holders & inserts
  • A pack of transparent subject dividers with coloured tabs
  • A pack of 5 coloured copy covers

 

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

 

Day One Date TBA 2018 9.30am – 3pm

 

9.30 Registration for Parents & Students

 

10.00 – 11.30 Parent Session: Parent Expectations 

Facilitated by Gayle Kearney Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist & Counselor & Yvonne O’Neill Play Therapist.

Discussing parents own expectations and anxieties about their children starting secondary school.  Guidance on how parents can manage the transition, and help children to help themselves.

Parent Feedback

 

10.00-12.30  Student Session: Organisational Skills

Facilitated by Occupational Therapists from Sensational Kids

•Morning Routine

•Navigating the school

•Timetable

•Subjects

•Lockers

 

12.30-1.00 LUNCH

 

1.00-3.30  Student Session: Communication & Social Skills

Facilitated by Speech & Language Therapists from Sensational Kids

•Making Friends

•Conversation Skills

•Fact of Fiction

•Teamwork

 

Day Two Date tba 2018 9.30am – 3.15pm

 

9.30am Registration

 

10.00am – 11.30 Student Session: Effective Study Skills

Facilitated by Pat Devenney, Educational Psychologist & Sensational Kids Occupational Therapist

Student Session – Normalising feelings, examining learning styles, introduction to mind mapping/web plans.

 

 

11.30 – 1pm Student Session: Exploring Anxiety

Facilitated by Gayle Kearney Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist & Counsellor, Sensational Kids Occupational Therapist & Yvonne O’Neill Play Therapist

Recognising and managing anxiety. This includes ways to avoid anxiety and limit stress, what to do when anxious, and ways to calm oneself when worried.

 

 1.00-1.30 LUNCH

 

1.30 – 3pm Student Session: Preparation for Change

Facilitated by Gayle Kearney Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist & Counselor, Sensational Kids Occupational Therapist & Yvonne O’Neill Play Therapist

Consolidation and review of skills learned through activities and games. Preparing for endings and new beginnings! Reviewing feelings & Student feedback

Student Feedback

 

 

 Booking Information

 

Please note the schedule may be subject to change based on the needs of the children attending.

 

Places on this group are strictly limited to 20 and for part of this group the students may be divided into two groups of ten.

 

To book your place on the 2018 Transition to Secondary School Group programme for children with additional needs please contact Sensational Kids by phone 045 520900 for an application form.