For some children, dealing with transitions or changes to their routine can be tricky. Our child development experts weigh-in on how to help your child transition happily in the new year.
- Consistency is key! Try to keep major parts of routines consistent (e.g. wake-up and bedtime) you can help reduce the number of schedule adjustments for your kids.
- Would you like A or B? Children tend to be more motivated to complete a task if they are involved in the process, so, allow choice whenever possible (e.g., do you want to wear the red or blue sweater?, do you want oatmeal or eggs? etc.).
- Your kids like lists too. Creating a visual schedule can help your child see what’s coming next and prepare them for that transition – it also lets them know that their chance to do something preferred, will come back again later. This can help them move from one activity to another, because they know they will get to do that “fun” activity again at another time.
- You have five more minutes. Giving five and one minute warnings can help your child prepare to transition between activities, or location. Let them know what’s expected of them at the end of that time.
- Great choice! When your child transitions well, or does what you’ve asked them to do – make sure they know you noticed! Using praise, high fives or an occasional special activity can help encourage them to repeat that same great behaviour again in the future!
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The above tips are general strategies. If you require additional support managing transitions and/or routines, our inter-professional team of behaviour therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists can help identify the cause of your child’s challenging behaviours and work on proactive strategies to help them be successful.
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