Transitioning out at age 3

This transition can be a tough time for any parent, especially when you have a child with autism.  Planning ahead can make it easier for everyone!

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What happens when your child turns 3?

  • You will stop getting EI services on your child's 3rd birthday.

  • If your child still needs services, you will connect with your local school system and go through a similar process as with EI. 

  • Your child will have a new evaluation, and you'll get a school liaison (coordinator) who will help you plan a new set of services.

Here's what you can do:

  • Think about what you want for your child in the next few years. 

  • Talk to your FSC about transition and your options.

See our Early Intervention Guide to learn more about this process. You can also see our Special Education Guide to learn about school-based supports for kids aged 3-22.


Sources: MA, DPH, MA DESE