Transitions refer to your child’s ability to stop using a toy or activity and move to a new item or activity, such as moving from iPad time to dinner time. Transitions can occur at home, school, or in the community and may also involve moving between locations (e.g., from home to the grocery store or from the classroom to the playground at recess).
The importance of successful transitions
- Transitioning between different activities makes our day run smoothly and successfully
- Sometimes routines change unexpectedly, or you need to transition to an activity that your child doesn’t like
- Transitions will always be a part of your child’s daily life – it’s important to prepare them to handle transitions independently in many different situations
- Being able to transition independently increases access to opportunities in school and provides more time for learning
Transitioning can be stressful for parents – being prepared for transitions helps to reduce stress and fear of stigma in public.
- Be consistent & predictable – Use the same strategies across all transitions, even easy ones!
- Offer choices – Before ending an activity, offer a choice of two ‘next’ activities
- Promote Communication – Consider teaching your child to ask for ‘more time’
- Reduce the Number of Transitions – Consider planning your schedule with the smallest number of transitions possible
- Strategies for Transitioning off Screens
- Support for Building New Routines
- ConnectAbility Visuals Engine – Resource for making visuals
- Strategies to Support Positive Transitions
- Surrey Place’s related tip sheets: