For many of us, the “t-word” (transitioning) is an ugly word. Successfully making a transition from one activity to another is a learned behavior and it takes varying levels of support for even the most flexible children to navigate.
Your Collaborative Schedule can actually make transitioning a lot easier on everyone. It takes the anxiety out of “what is happening next?” and gives everyone a sense of how long they must wait in order to get to their next Want to Do activity.
Let’s look at the sample schedule we built for an example of how your schedule can help with transitioning. We’ll pretend that we have already completed “Play Lego with Mom” and it’s time to go to Home Depot.
Play Lego with Mom
- Go to Home Depot
- Quiet Time
- ABA Therapy
Needless to say, Little Miss does not want to put her Legos away for a trip to buy home improvement supplies. To manage this, I point out that we completed her Want to Do activity and now it is time for my turn. After a brief Must-Do activity (lunch), it will be her turn again.
I also use a countdown timer on particularly well-loved activities that I know Little Miss will not want to leave. My favorite is the VisTimer app that I have on my phone.
As we complete activities, we also are certain to mark them off our lists. This gives a visual reminder of what is done and what is next.