The perils of transition periods in life – or momentary modulations


I have been revisiting my website, sorely in need of an update and new additions, and have been pleasantly reminded of the days and weeks that were allocated to writing the basis for the site, and adding new information. Monthly meetings with my site manager were always entertaining, always productive, always a source of much joy. Each page uploaded was the result of many hours of labour, thought, revision, editing, and consideration. Sadly, my web manager moved to Australia some while ago and the task of assigning an overhaul of my website has yet to be allocated and weighs heavily on my mind.

Despite all these concerns, I was pleased by my earlier work on coping with transition periods and my article on surviving and planning for the best outcomes with regards that transition from primary to secondary education, or elementary to senior school.  In my next post, I shall reproduce some of that article here, in the hope there may be some readers who will find its contents helpful.

Firstly, my thoughts on those perilous times, the transition periods we all face in our lives, as children and as adults.

The Oxford Concise definition of transition is – passing or change from one place, state, condition, etc, to another; a momentary modulation; a change from one style to another…

Transition points are defined as – the point at which different phases of the same substance can be in equilibrium.

How wonderful is all that? Momentary modulations is a glorious phrase and one I shall recall to use again and again.

Change, whatever form it takes, affects us all, whether we are willing participants in the change process or harbour desperate desires to stem the flow of the tides of change.

As parents, we may sometimes inadvertently seek to protect our young from necessary transitions, and so cling onto what remains of infancy, of dependency, in our very young children. For those children with high levels of special need, often transition points are blurred, or become non-existent, as all age educational placements become the norm. The child who would normally move from nursery or kindergarten, to primary or elementary school, and then onwards to senior or high school, finds themself progressing through much more of the same. The borders between infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, merge into one whole entity. There are perils in store for those parents, who may be blissfully unaware of the need for transitional stages in life.

I will post more on those momentary modulations shortly.

Until then, my kindest regards always.


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