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How to write a social story and help your child with transitions

This post is for any young child who is having difficulties with transitions and needs a mental image to help them understand the task at hand.

For those of you who are working on a transition, something that's not easy in terms of training like potty training, getting your hair cut, doctor visits, etc., a friend just re-reminded me of something we did for our daughter when it came time for transitioning to Kindergarten from preschool this year.

We had our new school put together a book written to the child about how to mentally prepare and imagine what this transition will look like for them. For school we had pictures of her teacher, where she was going to go in her day i.e. her classroom, library, cafeteria, gym, music room, pictures of her teachers, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Speech Therapist, etc.

We are currently making a book on potty training for school and home and a nighttime/sleep routines that I'm keeping fingers crossed might work or at least help.

To learn more about how to put one together visit the following sites for information.

Remember, make this fun for them to read and enjoy but don't over do it as they need to really grasp the message that's being taught.

Note: This isn't just for Autism, Asperger and spectrum kiddos. I think this applies to sensory kiddos and anyone young who is facing a challenge along the way and they're having a hard time mentally imagining and preparing for this task.

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