Decreasing Problem Behavior During Transition

Decreasing Problem Behavior During Transition

There is no doubt that children find it difficult to make transitions from one activity to another and many parents struggle with the problem behavior the child exhibits.  Being asked to stop one thing and start another is a common trigger for problem behavior, especially for children who have emotional or developmental challenges. This is usually because the child is been asked to stop a preferred activity to an activity that must be done……usually none-preferred.

However, several reasons account for difficulty with transitions such as when a child is tired, hungry, overwhelmed, a none-preferred activity, or not ready to end an activity. Difficult transitions are common with children who have speech delays, limited social and emotional skills but understanding each child’s unique needs, abilities and planning in consideration, parents can reduce or eliminate problems at transition times.

There are many practical strategies that can help children have an easier and smooth transitions at home, thereby reducing the likelihood of challenging behaviors occurring but it may take a little experimentation to find out what works with each individual child. knowing what works and consistently following through with the child yields a positive outcome over time.

We will be sharing some of these practical strategies to successfully navigate transitions at home because when it comes to parenting, we need a more practical approach. Some of the strategies include:

  • Creating routines
  • Use of timer
  • Preview and count down
  • Using music
  • Visual cues
  • Getting their attention
  • Rewards

Have you used any of these strategies in managing transition with your child? Please share your experience with us.