3 Transition Helpers For Children | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In today’s webisode, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist gives us tips on 3 different ways to help a child transition from one activity to another. Click here to read a blog about transitions and routines:

 In This Video You Will Learn:

  • How to best prepare your child for a transition
  • Why timers can help your child transition from one activity to the next
  • How a visual schedule can help your child who has difficulty with transitioning

Video Transcription:

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Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Ackerman.

Today I am standing with Lindsey Miller, a pediatric
occupational therapist. Lindsey, a question I hear all the time
from parents is what are some ideas to help a child transition
better from one activity to another or one class to another?

Lindsey: Transitions can be really tricky times for children because
sometimes they don’t understand the time limits for certain
activities and sometimes it’s difficult for them to abruptly
change from one activity to the next.

One good option is to use a timer. With a timer, you can set it
for about 10 or 15 minutes and tell your child, “You can play
your toy for 10 minutes, and when the buzzer goes off it’s time
to go wash up for dinner.” They already know that when the
buzzer goes off it’s time for them to stop what they’re doing
and then move on to the next activity.

The other option I have is the use of a visual schedule. This is
really good for children because they can see what their day
looks like. You can get pictures from the Internet or pictures
from things around the house such as doing your homework,
dinnertime, playtime, bath time, and time for bed. The child can
refer to the schedule when it’s time to do the next activity.
When they’re done with their homework they can take off the
picture of the homework and set it aside, and they already know
that the next thing they’re going to do is go to dinner.

The last thing is giving your child a verbal warning for what’s
about to happen. If they’re playing a video game you can say,
“Ten more minutes and we’re going to go wash up for dinner.”
Then remind them again at five minutes, saying, “Five more
minutes and then it’s time to wash up for dinner.” Then remind
them at three minutes and at one minute, and then you can say,
“All right. It’s time to be done. We’re going to go wash up
now.” They already know what they’re supposed to do next.

Robyn: It seems what really helps children is knowing and having that
expectation that something is about to end and something else is
going to begin.

Lindsey: Exactly.

Robyn: Great. Thank you so much, and thank you for bringing the
visuals as well. It’s very helpful. Thank you to our viewers,
and remember, keep on blossoming.

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