Tuesday, May 01, 2018

How to Help Kids with Transitions

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Looking for transition strategies? Here you will find 5 ways for how to help an autistic child with transitions.

Transitions have always been hard for my oldest son. Even at age 8, he finds it hard to pause what he is doing if we need to be heading out the door. He hyperfocuses on whatever interests him, which is why it can be quite difficult for him to transition to something different, especially when the next activity isn't as enjoyable.

Like many autistic kids, though, he has needed help finding transitional strategies that work.

Thankfully, over the years, we have discovered quite a few strategies that help him make transitions between activities. Strategies that we have in place, both at home and at school, that help him successfully most of the time. I say most of the time, because honestly, we all struggle with transitions at some point even as adults, right? Besides, he is still young and learning strategies to help him cope with transitions, so I don't expect him to be good at it all the time yet.

How to help children with transitions

Transition Strategies for Autism

Switching tasks is hard for lots of children, especially if the activity they're currently engaged in is enjoyable. Kids with autism or ADHD, in particular, can really struggle with transitions. You likely already know if your child struggles with transitions if you are here reading this. You've likely wondered the following:

  • Why does my child have difficulty with transitions?
  • How do I help a kid who has a tough time with transitions?
  • How can I help my child make transitions between activities?
  • Why are transitions hard for my child?
Maybe your child has a hard time switching tasks and communicates so by:

  • Crying
  • Screaming
  • Refusing to move to the new activity
  • Getting aggressive
  • Unable to pause or finish the current activity
  • Having a meltdown
Maybe your child struggles with transitions in the classroom and not just at home.

Do you feel lost and unsure of how to help your child?

Well, don't worry, there are lots of ways you can help ease the transition between activities. I share 5 simple ways to help kids switch from one task to another.

How to help children with transitions