Did you know that preparing children for upcoming transitions saves time, energy and reduces challenging behaviours from occurring?
Examples of transitions include:
- Getting ready to leave home to go to child care or child care to go home.
- Leaving play for lunch.
- From outdoor play to indoors.
- Getting ready for sleep time including nap and night.
By planning and organizing your transitions, it creates a plan that can be implemented by anyone.
Tips to create effective transitions throughout your day
- Plan to keep the waiting time as short as possible.
- Identify, reduce and simplify the number of steps to complete a transition.
- Organize all the materials needed prior to the transition occurring.
- Remove any distractions such as music, TV, preferred toys etc.
- Ensure that you are modelling a calm and neutral demeanour throughout the routine.
- Provide the child with an attention cue and warning prior to the transition occurring.
- Give your instruction by using as few words as possible (e.g., time to get dressed; daycare).
- Allow sufficient time for the transition to occur.
- Allow sufficient time for the child to process the information provided.
- Support the child as needed by using visual prompts, gestures, cues, simplified language etc.
- Always keep in mind that different children have different needs and may require additional support such as; helper jobs, concrete props, visual sequences etc.
Brooks Hachey and Jocelyne Desbiens, Behaviour Consultants
Children’s Integration Support Services