Improving Transitions: When it’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange
3. Figure out what your child will need to learn to succeed
- Transitioning: How will your child enter and exit the setting?
- Participating: What will he or she need to do in the activities?
- Communicating: How can your child express his or her needs?
4. Teach new expectations and skills to your child
- Say: Can you explain in phrases or simple words?
- Play: Will your child role-play or watch demonstrations?
- Show: Would it be helpful to show pictures or videos?
- Do: How about practicing the steps of activities?
5. Reward small successes.
- What: What activities or items does your child particularly enjoy?
- How: can you embed rewards in natural routines of the setting?
By gathering information regarding upcoming changes, making adjustments ahead of time, communicating expectations in a language your child can understand, and teaching skills that allow for your child to cope, your child can handle changes better. To re-word the Brady Bunch song:
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