Elementary to Middle School

Transitioning to Middle School

Reminders as Your Child Transitions to Middle School

  • Include your middle schooler in appropriate household jobs and give responsibilities for keeping their own room and possessions tidy.   Home chores increase the ability to perform non-preferred tasks.
  • In partnership with the school, continue to work on and develop literacy and numeracy skills. We must make sure we are putting effort in with our children at home so they get the repetition and reinforcement they need to succeed.
  • Help your child find opportunities for social activities with both their typically developing and disabled peers. As a parent you may need to invite typical peers over for small get togethers to encourage friendships. Link to DSL Calendar
  • Consider involvement in sporting activities to promote fitness and teamwork. Link to Special Olympics
  • Provide a stimulating speech and language environment for the young person by ensuring that they are spoken to, listened to, and fully involved in family conversations.
  • Address any difficult behaviors which may arise with the onset of puberty. Link to our behavior resources
  • Provide your middle schooler with an appropriate level of choice wherever possible, to ensure they have a sense of control over their lives.
  • Provide outlets for self-expression and creativity.  Participate in afterschool clubs and activities.
  • Encourage and develop independence in personal hygiene and self-care.

Advocacy Services provided by DSL

Our School Age Education staff can provide consultation regarding your child’s IEP, attend school-based meetings and/or consult with your child’s teacher regarding academic issues during your child’s school experience. There is a free service. 

IEP Tool Kit- The special education system and IEP process can be overwhelming and confusing.  We’ve put together a tool kit to help you understand a little more about how the IEP process and meetings run.  You can find that information here.  But, as always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions. 

IEP Binder- You will find that organization of your IEP meetings will help the process run more smoothly each year.  We’ve created a binder for you to help you organize your child’s IEPs.  Call Susan Teaford or Tammy Gilles at DSL to get your free IEP binder.  

Additional School Age Resources- You can find even more resources on our website, including tips and strategies for learning.  Click here for more information. Don’t forget to check out DSL’s School Age programming opportunities as well!


As always, we are here to help you!  Any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

Susan & Tammy


Susan Teaford

School Age Manager

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Tammy Gilles

Family Engagement Coordinator

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