Friday, February 25, 2011

Helping Your Child Transition Activities

How well does your child transition from one activity to another? If your child has difficulty moving from, say playing to dinner try these tips:
  1. Give them notice: Give little Sally a five minute heads up! "Sally, five minutes until dinner. Get ready to put your toys away!"
  2. Use a timer. "Jeremy, when the timer goes off, that means it's time to go wash your hands and come to dinner." 
  3. Paint them a picture. No, not with acrylics or oils. Help them get a picture of what's going on next. For instance, "After this game we are going to go visit Nanny and Grandpa and play in their backyard together!"
  4. Create routines. Create routines for the daily transitions such as getting ready in the morning, mealtime and bedtime. Routines help the child to feel more secure. 
Let's think about this. You probably don't enjoy being ripped away from something when you are in the middle of it either. Neither do children. Sometimes just a little prevention on our parts can make transitioning from one task to another some much better for everybody!

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