Transitions: Perspectives from Parents of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Julia B. StonerEmail author
  • Maureen E. Angell
  • Jennifer J. House
  • Stacey Jones Bock
Original Article


Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently have difficulty with transitions, which can cause confusion and anxiety; consequently, planning for successful transitions is critical for children with ASD. Parental perspectives are a vital tool in successful transition planning. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perspectives and concerns of parents of young children with ASD related to transitions. Purposive sampling was used to identify participants. Data were collected through multiple interviews, observations, and documentation. A cross-case analysis method was used to analyze the data. Findings were confirmed using methods of triangulation, respondent validation, and member checking. Six major themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) transitions that parents considered to be effective were child-centered, (b) communication between school and home was a vital link for successful transitions, (c) preparation for transitions began with an understanding of the child, (d) parents identified barriers to successful transitions, (e) parents understood the different types of transitions but focused on horizontal transitions, and (f) parents identified effective transition strategies for their children. Recommendations for successful transitions are offered.


Transition Autism spectrum disorders Parents Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia B. Stoner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maureen E. Angell
    • 1
  • Jennifer J. House
    • 1
  • Stacey Jones Bock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Special EducationIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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