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Break tasks into achievable steps.

What you can do

Make sure your child has a clear understanding of what he’s expected to do during an activity and when he’ll be transitioning from one task to the next.

Start by explaining what you want your child to do and why. Then use clear, simple language to break down the task into achievable steps. Help your child get started and praise him for following directions.

What you can say

“Jacob, it’s time to clean up your Legos so you can have lunch. Let’s look for the bin that your Legos go in. Remember how we always put the bin in the same place? And how we have a picture of Legos on the bin so you’ll know which one they go in? I’ll help you get started. You’re doing a great job putting the red Legos in the right bin.”

Why this will help

Children who have difficulty with transitions need to have their time and activities structured in a consistent way to help them see that each task has a beginning, middle and end. The same is true for children who have difficulty handling new and challenging tasks.

By working with your child to complete an activity successfully and then move on to the next one in a timely fashion, you can help create a positive pattern that your child will remember and try to repeat the next time he does that activity.

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