D. Experience-Based Knowledge

Earlier you considered two important sources of evidence: the best available research and policies about transition. Experience-based knowledge is another source of evidence to help guide your decision-making. Experience-based knowledge is the “know-how” that comes from solving problems, overcoming barriers, and making decisions in everyday life.

CONNECT staff identified parents and practitioners from around the country who have experience-based knowledge on the topic of early childhood transition and invited them to share their views. These knowledgeable spokespersons are:

Mary Jo Paladino
Ms. Paladino is the mother of six children so she has had the joy of experiencing many transitions.  She has worked in early intervention since 1989 in Colorado and Indiana. She is currently consulting with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine on a Community Integrated Systems of Services grant with a focus on transition and Medical Home.
Brenda Mullins
Ms.  Mullins’ experience as a preschool teacher, an administrator in a private agency early care and education program, and at the Human Development Institute with the Kentucky Early Childhood Transition Project, has allowed her to serve families for over thirty years.
Joseph Anderson
Mr. Anderson is the father of five children, four of whom received early intervention services.  He has committed his life to advocating for and mentoring families and youth both through his career in early intervention and by serving on numerous local, state and federal committees.
Patricia Ojeda
Ms. Ojeda is a Bilingual Information Specialist at the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) serving the families of children with disabilities. The Autism spectrum diagnosis given four years ago to one of her two children significantly changed what she thought her role in life would be. She decided to learn more about special needs resources and committed herself to helping Latino families who have children with special needs navigate through the maze of educating their children.

Now listen to clips from phone interviews with those participants and identify important considerations to keep in mind during transitions.

Audio 2.1: Mary Jo Paladino

Ms. Paladino is the mother of six children so she has had the joy of experiencing many transitions. She has worked in early intervention since 1989 in Colorado and Indiana. She is currently consulting with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine on a Community Integrated Systems of Services grant with a focus on transition and Medical Home (running time: 2 min. 17 sec.).

Audio 2.2: Brenda Mullins

Ms. Mullins’ experience as a preschool teacher, an administrator in a private agency early care and education program, and at the Human Development Institute with the Kentucky Early Childhood Transition Project, has allowed her to serve families for over thirty years (running time: 2 min. 17 sec.).

Audio 2.3: Joseph Anderson

Mr. Anderson is the father of five children, four of whom received early intervention services. He has committed his life to advocating for and mentoring families and youth both through his career in early intervention and by serving on numerous local, state and federal committees (running time: 0 min. 34 sec.).

Audio 2.4: Patricia Ojeda

Ms. Ojeda is a Bilingual Information Specialist at the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) serving the families of children with disabilities. The Autism spectrum diagnosis given four years ago to one of her two children significantly changed what she thought her role in life would be. She decided to learn more about special needs resources and committed herself to helping Latino families who have children with special needs navigate through the maze of educating their children (running time: 2 min. 17 sec.).

Supplemental Materials

Research conducted by The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) identified transition practices and strategies that practitioners, families and administrators considered important in supporting children and families in the transition process. For more information about these practices see:

  • National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) Technical Report #3 Recommended Transition Practices for Young Children and Families
  • NECTC Technical Report #6 A Critical Incident Study of the Transition Experience for Young Children with Disabilities: Recounts by Parents and Professionals
  • Transition TIPS – Web-based resource of practices and strategies