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4 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Day to Day Transitions

One common challenge that many young children and families face is transitional difficulties. Transitions are an inevitable part of life! Even so, it can be very frustrating and time consuming for children (and families) to move from one task to the next. I think we’ve all experienced that moment when we don’t want to get out of bed in the morning and can relate! Today’s post will discuss three strategies that you can implement to make the typical day to day transitions for your child just a little bit easier.


COUNTDOWN

Transitions can be that much more difficult for children when they are not prepared beforehand. From an adult perspective, think of how you feel when an emergency or unexpected task comes up? This is how it feels for young children to not know when transitions are happening in the immediate future. Let your child know 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute before a transition. This allows them to be mentally prepared for when the transition will happen.



Visual Timer


USE A TIMER

In a similar vein to a countdown, a timer is another great option for preparing children for transitions. You can use a phone, app, or other visual timer for this intervention. This can provide a visual reminder, which can be very helpful for some kids. Tell your child when the alarm goes off, then it is time to transition.



A stuffed animal can be a great transitional object for young children!


USE A TRANSITIONAL OBJECT

A transitional object is another great strategy to use in easing your child’s transition. Choose a specific object with your child that will represent the transition. This can be a special card stating what the transition will be, a stuffed animal, or even a sensory focused object, such as play dough. When it is time to transition, give your child the object. Over time, your child will become used to using the transitional object when moving on to another task/activity and be prompted to transition just by seeing the object.



Jumping into a transition!

USE A TRANSITIONAL ACTIVITY

A transitional activity is very similar to a transitional object. However, instead of choosing an object, choose an activity with your child that will represent the transition. The activity can be listening to a particular song, running in place, jumping, dancing, or doing jumping jacks! This is a great strategy for particularly active children that have some extra energy to exert!


I hope these strategies can make day to day transitions easier for both you and your child. Want to learn more ways to help your child? Contact me at (585) 206-1506 or kaittownerlmhc@gmail.com for a FREE 15 minute consultation.