Supporting Successful Transition to Kindergarten: General Challenges and Specific Implications for Students with Problem Behavior


The purpose of this review is to present factors that impede and promote successful transition to kindergarten, with a focus on the specific needs of students with problem behavior. The review addresses competencies that teachers report are critical for success in kindergarten, traditional transition practices, and challenges in implementing transition practices. Suggestions are provided to begin to attend to some of the issues affecting successful transition for children with challenging behavior and include an overarching framework to better support transition practices and specific suggestions for appropriate supports.


Psychology in the Schools


  • R. Beckner
  • Barbara Mitchell
  • M. Richter
  • M. Stormont

Prevention Level

  • Tertiary


  • Administrators
  • PBS Coaches
  • PBS Teams
  • Specialists

System Impact

  • Individual Student


  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School