In order to make transitions easier, occupational therapists like to use strategies such as visual or written schedules, visual timers, and auditory cues. Visual schedules and timers give children an opportunity to see what is going to happen or see when an activity is going to end, which can help prepare them for a transition. For younger kids, sometimes songs can be great auditory cues to help children prepare for and engage in transitions. For example, the “clean-up” song can be a great way to help kids transition between one task and another by encouraging them to put away whatever item/s are out.
If you have concerns about your child’s ability to transition, please contact TEAM 4 Kids to schedule an occupational therapy evaluation.