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Parallels in Time: Exploring Present and Future Transitional Strategies for Kindergarten Students with Disabilities

Palmieri, Lynn (2020) Parallels in Time: Exploring Present and Future Transitional Strategies for Kindergarten Students with Disabilities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Successful transition to kindergarten for children with disabilities is a complex process that
can have long term effects on school success. Although attempts are made for a seamless
transition, far too often the process lacks the communication, training, and high intensity transition
supports needed for all the involved stakeholders. This study examines the complexity of
kindergarten transition for children with disabilities. Specifically, it examines studies that
implement supports that are of higher intensity to improve transition for children with disabilities
while considering the ecological context. Ecological factors such as the home, school, and
community context interplay and can become either beneficial or barriers that may determine the
kindergarten transition experience for a child with disabilities. Coordination of services and
collaboration across the involved transition agencies is becoming more relevant to the transition
process and as a topic in research. A transition procedure that allows a continuation from the
preschool program and discourages disconnect is critical. Additionally, parent, teacher, child,
school, and community engagement in transition has also been studied to create an effective
transition with positive educational outcomes. Transition to kindergarten is a child’s entry into
formal schooling and is paramount for the long-term school achievement of a child with


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Palmieri, Lynnlmp133@pitt.edulmp133
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRobertson, Rachel ERACHELR@pitt.eduRACHELR
Committee Memberzmarek, Louise Akaczmk@pitt.edukaczmk
Committee MemberRetzer,
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 July 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 7 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 86
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition, kindergarten, children with disabilities
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:26
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:26


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