Preparing Children for Transition to a New School

Are you involved in transition planning at the moment? It can be a difficult time, especially for children with additional needs. The Story Massage Programme adds an extra dimension to social stories by bringing the words alive and encouraging children to fully engage with the narrative.

Chichester Downs Syndrome Support Group

We recently ran a training day with the Chichester Downs Syndrome Support Group and everyone welcomed Story Massage as a fun and interactive way of helping prepare for transition. Here is a massage story written by Amber and Jess (pictured above) for their children who are both about to start a new school. The story can be easily adapted to make it personal for your child or children.

Story Massage for Transition

You are all dressed and ready for school. Pick up your bags. Let’s go! (The Fan)

We walk to school and through the gate. (The Walk)

Say Hello to Miss Holden and your friends. Wave goodbye to Mummy. (The Circle)

Mummy will be back at the end of the day to give you a hug. (The Squeeze)

Into the classroom and find a peg for your bag. Sit with your friends on the carpet. (The Fan)

Wait for your name … Lucas. “ I’m here,” you’ll say. (The Calm)

Mummy will be back at the end of the day to give you a hug. (The Squeeze)

Now it’s time to play and learn. Phonics, counting and music too. (The Bounce)

Ready for lunch, stand in line. Sit and eat nicely with your friends. (The Wave)

Run in the playground, ride a bike, kick a ball. (The Drum)

Mummy will be back at the end of the day to give you a hug. (The Squeeze)

Water, sand, painting too. All your favourite things to do. (The Sprinkle)

It’s 3 ‘o’ clock, time to go home. Say Goodbye to everyone, you’ll see them again tomorrow. (The Calm)

Mummy is here for a great big hug. (The Squeeze)

More about the  Story Massage Programme

The Story Massage Programme combines the fun and reassurance of story with the benefits of positive, respectful touch. It is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all.

The online training is ideal for therapists, teachers, SEN staff, support staff, Early Years practitioners, those working with people with additional needs, Baby Massage Instructors, Relax Kids Coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing sensory stories and positive touch activities with children and adults. All the information is here: Story Massage Online Training.


More ideas for transition planning

You can read more massage stories written to help children with started a new school here: Transition Planning for Children with Autism and Back to School with Story Massage. We hope you find these useful.

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