We’re always excited to share posts from members of our pediatric therapy team. This post comes from Haley Payne, our very talented Behaviour Consultant and head of our Behaviour Therapy team.
Any parent can agree that at one point or another their child has had difficulty transitioning between activities, routines or events. Often, children can struggle with transitions whether they are small daily events (e.g. from a preferred activity to a less preferred activity) or larger transitions (moving, changing schools etc.) Often, children on the spectrum or those with other developmental disabilities have an especially difficult time with what can appear to be the smallest transition. This may be a reflection of a need for predictability (Flannery & Horner,1994), or due to difficulty in comprehending what is happening next (Mesibov, Shea, & Schopler, 2005). Fortunately, there are many techniques and tools that can be used to help children transition more appropriately, independently and consistently.