At one time or another, most parents, child care workers, therapists, teachers, and so on, have experienced the challenges of getting a child to transition from one activity to another. Depending on the child’s personality type or special needs, the difficulty level can vary from one child to the next. Even if they happen to enjoy the next activity, he or she may still have trouble stopping their current activity to move on to the next. I experience these challenges both as a mother and child therapist, so as much as I can, I use these tips below to help them (and me) get to the next step.
1. When possible, tell and show them the schedule of activities. Not unlike adults, children appreciate knowing what to expect out of their day. When possible, give them a heads up about the plan for the day, therapy sessions, daily routines, etc.
2. Give them notification when activities are about to change, such as 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute notification. Warnings are extremely helpful. It allows them time to prepare mentally, as well as finish up their current activity.
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