Describe, with Examples, How Transitions May Affect Children and Young Peoples Behaviour and Development.

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As mentioned in question 3.1 transitions are an essential part of a child and young persons development. These changes within a child or young persons life may be gradual or sudden. They present the child/young person with challenges which they must overcome. Transitions are stressful for children and young people, just as they are for adults, and the resulting stress can have far-reaching effects on children’s emotional well being and academic achievements. How a child or young person deals with transitions is greatly affected by the support and response children get from those around them. A child's early experiences of transitions will have a big impact on how they handle transitions at later stages of life.
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In more extreme cases children may begin to self harm.
To support children and young people at this time of change schools will have a transitions policy. The policy will aim to help pupils settle as quickly as possible and minimise difficulties or concerns. Schools will hold open days and question and answer sessions for new students. This will give children the opportunity to talk about what's going to happen and prepare for it. Schools may also implement a buddy system or assign a teaching assistant to those pupils who require additional support.
Puberty is another large transition in a young persons life. These physical, psychological and emotional changes signal a child is moving from childhood to adolescence. For some children this is positive transition, they are growing up, maturing. For some it may be seen negatively, making them stand out from their peers. Physical transitions such as puberty happen at different times for different people and can create a feeling of being left out or ‘different’ to others. Early puberty can mean looking like and being treated as an adult while still feeling the same inside. The opposite can also happen if an individual develops later than others in their peer group. Puberty can greatly impact upon a child's development and behaviour. Children may receive unwanted attention, get teased by their peers. They may become withdrawn and moody as they

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