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Transitions and Related Behaviors


If transitions and behaviors are a problem there may be a possible need for a picture schedule with a sensory diet reward system worked into their day.  A do THIS- THEN Reward schedule can be found on Pinterest easily to fit each child's individual needs. 

  •  Using a timer like a the visual red Time Timer app on your phone or real one in classroom or home can help when working on structured tasks, so that the student understands when the timer goes off, then they can play. You can reset the timer again to show how long they have to play before the next transition.

  • May need to combine verbal choices when student is upset with the actual object or pictures of objects. Often when a child is upset they cannot tell you what is wrong and if they have another option other than a verbal response then they may be able to tell you what they want by pointing to a picture or taking the object that represents the picture. If it is something that you cannot give her at that moment then you can show pictures saying "This now, then... (what they want)".

**Remember to have a picture list or a written list of calming sensory activities for them to choose from when they are upset. Put in a central location in the home and classroom that they can go to and choose from while upset. If they are not able to do this, then give them the choice of two activities (usually linear swinging, deep pressure touch and joint activities are the most calming).

  • If new places are difficult and stressful, record that place and use online social stories for that place before they have to go there.  Use the videos on your phone,  playing the videos for several weeks before they have to be there. This works great before they transition to a new classroom, therapy room with children playing in it, basketball games, gym, and other new and possibly stressful environments and playing these tapes at home for a few hours a day may help them integrate and become more accustomed to the new environment. May need to do this for many weeks prior to a new stressful task.


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