Level 2 ASD: Navigating the Transition from Kindergarten to School

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A Guide for Parents of Children with Level 2 ASD and the Role of Telehealth Occupational Therapy

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The transition from kindergarten to school is a significant milestone for any child, and it can be especially challenging for those with Level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents of children with ASD often find themselves seeking additional support to ensure a smooth transition. In recent times, telehealth has emerged as a valuable resource, connecting families with healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists. In this blog post, we will explore the challenges faced by children with Level 2 ASD during the transition to school and discuss how an occupational therapist can support both the child and parents through telehealth.

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Understanding Level 2 ASD

Level 2 ASD is characterized by moderate impairments in social communication and restricted, repetitive behaviours. Children at this level may struggle with social interactions, have difficulty adapting to change, and exhibit repetitive behaviours that can interfere with learning and daily activities. The transition to school can amplify these challenges, requiring specialized support to help the child adapt to the new environment.

Challenges During the Transition

1. Social Interactions:

Children with Level 2 ASD often face difficulties in understanding social cues and building relationships with peers. The school environment introduces new social dynamics, making it crucial to provide tailored support to enhance social skills.

2. Sensory Sensitivities:

Sensory sensitivities are common among individuals with ASD. The school setting can be overwhelming due to various sensory stimuli, such as bright lights, loud noises, and crowded spaces. Occupational therapists can work with children to develop coping strategies to manage sensory challenges.

3. Routine Changes:

Children with ASD often thrive on routine, and any disruption can be distressing. The transition to school involves a significant change in daily routine, necessitating support in adapting to the new schedule and expectations.

4. Communication Difficulties:

Level 2 ASD may manifest in challenges related to expressive and receptive language skills. Clear communication is essential for successful participation in school activities, making it crucial to address language difficulties during the transition.

Role of Occupational Therapists:

Occupational therapists play a crucial role in supporting children with Level 2 ASD during the transition to school. Through telehealth, therapists can engage with both the child and parents to provide targeted interventions. Here are some ways occupational therapists can contribute:

1. Social Skills Development:

Telehealth allows occupational therapists to conduct virtual sessions focused on social skills development. Using interactive activities and role-playing scenarios, therapists can help children practice appropriate social behaviours, making it easier for them to navigate social interactions in the school setting.

2. Sensory Integration Therapy:

Occupational therapists can guide parents in implementing sensory integration activities at home through telehealth sessions. These activities aim to desensitize the child to sensory stimuli gradually, reducing the impact of sensory challenges in the school environment.

3. Routine Planning and Visual Supports:

Telehealth provides a platform for therapists to collaborate with parents in creating visual schedules and supports to help children understand and follow routines. Consistent routines can provide a sense of predictability for children with ASD, easing the transition process.

4. Communication Strategies:

Through telehealth, therapists can work on improving the child’s communication skills. This may involve using visual aids, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and other tools to enhance expressive and receptive language abilities.

Support for Parents:

In addition to working directly with the child, occupational therapists can offer valuable support and guidance to parents during the transition period:

1. Education and Resources:

Telehealth sessions provide an opportunity for therapists to educate parents about ASD and its impact on their child’s behaviour and development. Therapists can recommend resources and strategies for parents to better understand and support their child’s unique needs.

2. Collaborative Goal Setting:

Occupational therapists can collaborate with parents to set specific goals for their child’s development. This collaborative approach ensures that interventions align with the family’s priorities and values, fostering a supportive and effective therapeutic environment.

3. Coping Strategies:

Transition periods can be stressful for both children and parents. Therapists can share coping strategies with parents, equipping them with tools to manage challenges and promote a positive transition experience for the entire family.

4. Regular Check-ins:

Telehealth allows for regular check-ins between occupational therapists and parents, providing an ongoing platform for addressing concerns, evaluating progress, and making adjustments to the intervention plan as needed.


In conclusion, the transition from kindergarten to school is a significant milestone that requires careful consideration and support, especially for children with Level 2 ASD. Telehealth has proven to be a valuable tool in connecting occupational therapists with families, offering tailored interventions to address the unique challenges faced by these children. By focusing on social skills development, sensory integration, routine planning, and communication strategies, occupational therapists can play a pivotal role in ensuring a successful transition. Moreover, the ongoing support and collaboration with parents through telehealth contribute to a holistic and empowering approach, setting the foundation for the child’s continued growth and development in the school environment.

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