Transition from One Activity to Another
Many children with ASD have difficulties accepting change and transition from one activity to another. In fact, most behaviour happens during change/transition. In my experience this is because it requires problem solving, choices and adults tend to use more verbal information instead of visual information. It can also be a time of movement and high noise level, which can cause sensory processing difficulties. Below I have listed some key times you may need to put in place strategies to support children during change.
The KEY – Planning the Transition.
Example Activity / Behaviour
Pack away / finish activity
Give five minute warning.
Use a Time Timer (see below)so can visually see ‘how long’.
Use a visual schedule that shows what is happening throughout the day or use ‘Now, Next, Later’ visual to tell them when they will return to a preferred activity.
Choose an activity
Minimise the choices i.e. instead of a whole shelf of puzzles or books have two puzzles or two books. Give real choices e.g. do your homework now or after dinner.
Have a set spot in the line, and set partner. This can change each week. Have the ‘other child’ be a supportive peer who will help them line up in the correct place.
Let them stand with an adult or give a job to do e.g. hold equipment or count students.
Find a partner / friend
Set partner. Get the partner to go to the ASD child, so they don’t have to find them. (Be careful using the word ‘friend’ as they may perceive they don’t have any.
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Recommended Resources to help with Transition
Used as an interactive teaching tool, this class-room tested teaching aide reinforces the sense of elapsed time with a graphic depiction of the time remaining. The Time Timer can be used to set time limits, measure the duration of activities and train students to make better use of time available. They are the ideal solution for anyone who struggles with time – as time elapses the signature red disk disappears, creating a clear and simple picture of the time remaining. A great way to promote efficient time management at work, school and home.