Transitions are a part of daily life for all of us. However, for many people on the spectrum, they can be extremely challenging. This tookit aims to give you all the information you need to help your child become more comfortable and confident around transitioning from one thing to another, and to guide you through how to apply what you have learnt so it is most relevant for your particular circumstances.
Transitions are a part of daily life for us all. But what are they? And why do some people find them difficult to manage? What skills are necessary in order to be able to cope with a transition? And what problems do a lot of people on the spectrum run up against when trying to navigate these daily transitions?
Observing your child, and gathering information about how they are reacting to certain circumstances, is the single most important thing you can do for your child to help them. Everyone is an individual, so it is important to observe your child to make sure whatever strategies you develop will address their particular needs.
Without proper preparation and planning, you are almost certainly setting your child up to fail. A badly managed transition can be stressful for everyone concerned, most of all your child, so it is vital to plan the transition in detail to give your child the best possible chance. This section tells you how to do this, as well strategies to prepare in advance in order to help them manage the transition.
The time immediately before the transition, and how you prepare your child in the run up to the transition – is incredibly important to how the overall transition will go. This time sets the tone for the transition, so it is important to get it right. This section gives you some strategies to set an appropriate tone for the transition, and to help you fully prepare your child for what will be happening very shortly.
Now you’re ready to begin the transition – congratulations! All the hard work you have put in will pay off. There are just a couple of things to remember here, which we go into in this section. We also include links to some of our most popular transitions products with massive savings just for you!
During the transition it is important to keep everything as low key and calm as possible. This section gives you some useful strategies which will help you achieve that, and help your child achieve their goal of a successful transition.
Once your child has successfully managed a transition, it is important to reinforce this. You are teaching your child a valuable life skill here, and they are learning a whole new way to manage their emotions and behaviour. It will take practice. They are having to unlearn all their own built in feelings towards transitions, and learn a whole new set of responses and self management techniques. This section of the toolkit will tell you how to reinforce the positive transitions, so that over time they will occur naturally and without so much thought and preparation.
It is vital to give your child plenty of opportunity to practice their new found skills. This section gives you examples of how to encourage practicing transitions, and how to build in this practice (together with consistency) into everyday life.
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