Subscribe to Podcast

It is very important to prepare autistic children for a change to a new class or school. One way of doing this is to make a photo transition book that they can look at or read over the summer holidays.

Going to a new class or new school is a big change for any child! Careful planning of big transitions and gradual preparation can ensure a child is well prepared and familiar with their new environment, even before they start.

Transition visits are key to give a child time to get to know their new surroundings and become familiar with all the new things. New classroom, new toilets, new teacher, new table, new peg and so on.

During these transition visits, it is a good idea to take photos that the child can look at over the holidays to continue to familiarise themselves with the new environment.

Here is a template of a simple transition photo book that can be used if a child is transitioning to a new school or class. Photos can be inserted or stuck on top. The book is fully editable as you may need to personalise it and add pages depending on what information would be beneficial to the child.

Transition photo book to prepare children with autism for change to new class

The book will last longer if it is laminated and fastened together with treasury tags. It is good for parents to look at transition books with your child and talk about what you can see in the photos.

Download a copy of the editable transition photo book.


Laura Grace · July 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Love the website and really excited about the transition resource! I followed the link from the email to download the resource for it but it keeps sending me to a page to subscribe to your emails (which im already on the mailing list!). Not sure if I’m doing something wrong but I can’t seem to find the download link for the transition to a new school booklet!

Steph Reed · July 18, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Hi Laura,
Very pleased to hear you like the website!
If you are already on the mailing list, the link for the Free resources page is and you will find the transition book there. Let me know if it is helpful!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.