10 Transition Strategies for Kids: Preventing Tantrums
Change from one activity to another, or one location to another, can be a real challenge for some kids. While many simply find transitions uncomfortable and need additional adult encouragement others may have a complete meltdown over them.
Youngsters with autism spectrum disorders frequently struggle with this issue, but any child might need extra help adapting to change. It’s useful for parents and teachers to be familiar with strategies that can ease the process.
Below is a short list of the 10 strategies. Click the image above to get a detailed explanation of each strategy.
- Make it clear to the child how much longer the activity will last.
- Make sure the child knows and understands what is coming next and give her something to look forward to!
- Use a transition object or toy.
- Practice the art of distraction.
- Make a sensory “pit stop”.
- Have a consistent way of signalling that an activity is over.
- Make “wait” time less miserable and confusing.
- Don’t rush it.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Consistency, structure, and organization are key!