Challenges for Children with Special Health Needs at the Time of Transition to School

  title={Challenges for Children with Special Health Needs at the Time of Transition to School},
  author={Magdalena Janus and Ayesha Siddiqua},
In this chapter, the transition from pre-school to kindergarten for children who need assistance with developmental/physical disabilities or chronic illnesses (children with “special health needs”) will be discussed. Services available during this transition are often inadequate to facilitate a successful school entry among children with special health needs. Administrative challenges involving multiple services agencies and differences in philosophy of pre-school and kindergarten service… Expand
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