How to Help Children with Transitions

Many children struggle with transitions. Especially if it involves moving their attention from something they’re extremely interested in, to something less fun. Kids diagnosed with autism or ADHD can further aggravate these transition issues.


Here are four useful tips you can do to help your children with transitions:


Create routine

If your children do not want to go through transitions because they like consistent routines and structures, then you should start by building consistent routines into the transition process itself. Keeping your day consistent makes it simpler for your kid to know what will happen next.


For transitions that will occur daily, like stop watching TV and go to bed, consistent routines can have a big payoff. You can start with a simple bedtime routine. Let your children go to bed at the same time every night. Having a predictable structure of these routines will reassure and be helpful even for older kids.


Get their attention first

It may be a struggle for your children to transition if they are not aware that the transition is happening soon. Make sure you connect with your children in some way before you reinforce the change. Actions like patting their shoulder, making eye contact or asking them to repeat what you just said are always useful attention-grabbing methods.

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Use visuals

Children may benefit from visual cues. You can show your children a list of tasks that they need to compete each morning can be helpful for them in getting used to a consistent routine. A visual timetable helps to show the order of the day. Children can look at it and know what is happening next.


At other times, like when leaving a park, you can use a visual tool such as a stopwatch or a sand timer to notify that the activity will be ending soon. A visual schedule is a simple tool to help kids make sense of their daily tasks and activities in a visually presented way.


Use rewards

Many parent use table points to acknowledge or reward smooth transitions. It can be a useful tool for all kids. These can be things like stickers or a point system that leads to a tangible reward. Schools and parents can implement the reward system to help kids to get into the consistent routine, and once they are used to it, you might be able to phase it out.


Practice makes perfect! Be patient with your kids. Don’t expect to see a magical change overnight. Give your child some time to get used to these new routines. To learn more about toddler milestones, visit now!