Model Positive Transition Behaviors
Transitions are hard for all children, particularly when separating from caregivers, and waiting rooms can fuel any hidden anxiety when busy, loud, or if unexpected interactions present themselves. Parents are encouraged to remain alert and in tune with their child’s needs in order to best identify moments where adult intervention may be warranted.
Modeling a calm and alert demeanor communicates to your child that you are in control of the moment and that they are safe to mirror the same affect. Your child is therefore silently invited to release any anxiety and explore their environment more freely.
It can be tempting to sneak away when your child begins to move away from you and interact with their teachers; however, this perpetuates the child’s fear that their caregiver will leave if they are not vigilant in keeping tabs on them and, therefore, will make separations more stressful. A clear goodbye and reassurance that you will return for them may make for a harder moment, but will support more fluid transitions in the long run.
Families are always encouraged to reach out to their child’s Therapy Case Manager with any concerns relating to morning routines and/or transitioning into a therapy setting.