Tip For Change

Delta Behaviorial Group

Transitions are often filled with problem behaviors. Sometimes, an individual enjoys a task so much, she doesn’t want it to end. Other times, an individual has a strong dislike of the next task. Of course, the biggest problems occur when it’s both. But transitions don’t have to be difficult. With the right kind of direct teaching and practice, individuals can learn to move fluidly between tasks.

  1. Before the end of the first activity, give a 2-minute warning. Keep it simple (e.g., “You have 2 more minutes with _____________________.”) If appropriate, you can offer time later in the day to finish an activity that is incomplete.
  2. Select a signal to use at the end of activities such as a bell, timer, or flick of the lights. Use this signal consistently. The individual must understand that she must (1) Stop and (2) Listen when the signal occurs.
  3. Praise appropriate behaviors as needed.
  4. Give short, simple directions for the next activity. Tell the individual how long that activity will last and give a verbal go-ahead.

** Having a posted schedule using either words or pictures that you can refer to can help with this transition procedure.