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How Can Transitions Affect The Social Development Of Children?

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Transitions in lifestyle are a fundamental part of development in childhood. From an early age, a child is taught that change is a regular aspect of life and they are equipped with the psychological skills to deal with changes in the future. In terms of affects on social developments, the type and the extent of transitions are important. Of course, the affects of various transitions vary from child to child, so it is important to consider the affects of transitions on an individual basis. That said, it is possible to gain an idea of how a child's social development may be influenced by a range of changes.

The type of transition must firstly be considered. Is it a change related to a child progressing with age - such as leaving nursery and entering school, or switching into the upper age group at church Sunday class? If so, transitions can have very positive effects - providing the child feesl like they fit in socially in their new setting. This is often much easier if the child isn't making the transition alone. If they can see their old friends are present in their new environment, the transition will seem a lot less daunting and they will feel comfortable more quickly. However, if the child is, for instance, starting a school in a different area where they don't know anybody, they could become shy and withdrawn.

The extent of the transition is also important. A change from playgroup to nursery class could be considered a small change, and the child is likely to take it in their stride and adapt quickly, developing good social skills as they go along. But a significant transition - such as moving away from parents to a boarding school - could have more drastic effects. It is essential that children are welcoming socially in situations such as these.
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Children go through many transitions between carers and settings, many children will have to cope with other changes to their lives. These may include separation of parents or moving houses or country and arrival of new siblings in the family. These changes are more likely to affect children’s feelings of security and emotional development this may affect the child’s communication he/she may be shy to talk to anyone about their feelings because they are not used to them. When children are experiencing transitions they are always thinking of what will happen when they get there will they be able to make friends or will they be left by them selves.
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Transitions in life is a natural part of development in your
childhood, a child is taught that change is regular aspect of life. 

A type of transition is like moving from a small pre-school group to a larger infant school. 

A child could become anxious and start to think that they won’t make friends in their new school and they may not talk to people or other children because they are worried that they might not fit in, the child’s feeling are at risk they could grow up with really bad confidence that will affect them in later life.

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