Tips for Helping Your Child Transition Between Activities
Learn behaviour techniques to support smooth transitions between activities
* Published on October 9, 2020
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.
- Hume, K., Waters, V., Sam, A., Steinbrenner, J., Perkins, Y., Dees, B., Tomaszewski, B., Rentschler, L., Szendrey, S., McIntyre, N., White, M., Nowell, S., & Odom, S. (2020). Supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times. Chapel Hill, NC: School of Education and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retreived from: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/supporting-individuals-autism-through-uncertain-times
- Hume, K. (2008). Helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum move successfully from one activity to another. Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Retrieved from: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/articles/transition-time-helping-individuals-on-the-autism-spectrum-move-successfully-from-one-activity-to-another.html