A Tip for Easier Transitions

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting
5 Nov 2010

Rigidity and intolerance is one of the autism most common traits. Sometimes it is hard for children with autism to switch from one activity to another. Children with autism usually have OCD’s (Obssessive Compulsive Disorders) that are very hard to fight or eleminate. So, while they are so focused and “obsessed” with a task at hand, it will be very hard to pull them out of the activity they are absorbed in and move them to a different one. We, parents and educators, we need to help them get over their obsessions by finding techniques that talk to their special minds. The following technique will make the day more pleasant, peaceful and productive for both parties. It helps the child to become naturally more compliant and cooperative.

Use the small personal white board, or even regular paper, as a tool to prepare the child for the following activity. Have the child write what you want her to do. For example: Johnny, write “I am done with my reading (or whatever the task is) now. I am going to do Math. I am going to do some additions and subtrations now.” When he finishes writing tell him: “Now, write 5,4,3,2,1,0 all done” You’ll be surprised to see how easily the child will hand you the board and move on smoothly to the activity you’ve prepared her for.

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