Do you ever walk into a new gym class and feel uneasy or nervous? If you do, you’re not unlike many kids who hesitate or resist transitions. Not all children with autism experience difficulty with transitions, but it is something many struggle with. In this interview with Dani LoVecchio from Bridge Kids of New York, we discuss tips and advice for making transitions smoother.
Whether it be starting a new school or service, being away from the caregiver for the first time, or smaller transitions throughout your child’s day, there are ways to make it better for the parent, professional, and the child.
Dani’s Tips for Smooth Transitions with Autistic Learners:
Routines and schedules are great for kids, especially kids with autism. They teach the learner what to expect and to trust what will be next. However, we all know there is no such thing as perfect and life happens. As the child gets older, be sure to prepare them for flexibility and what to do when a schedule changes or a transition isn’t the same.
Dani and I also touched on communication between providers and parents. This is always so important but even more so when working on new transitions. Be sure to have a clear communication plan in place so as the parent or professional, you’re on the same page and continuing support.
Transitions are part of every single person’s day. They aren’t always big scary new ones, but they can feel that way to some autistic learners. I loved getting to talk to Dani today and hope you can put some of her great advice to use!
Dani LoVecchio is a dual licensed SLP BCBA who is co-owner of Bridge Kids New York in Manhattan, NY. She specializes in providing ABA and speech language therapy to children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband, three daughters and dog named Baxter.
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