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  1. 1. Transitions Some children have problems transitioning from the booth to other activities suchas speech, playroom, snack, or music, and they may tantrum and/or drop to the floor. Youshould assist your child’s walking by holding their hand during transitions and makingsure you are watching them in case they attempt to run away. The icon ring is a tool thateach tutor will use to increase the likelihood of your child’s appropriate behaviors duringthe transitions. Remember to make sure you have a couple of reinforcers in your belt toreinforce appropriate transitioning every 30 seconds.The Icon Ring The icon ring has a picture of each transition location. When you and your childare transitioning from the booth to other activities, you should always tell your child, “Itis time to go to the playroom (snack, music, bathroom, etc.)” while you are pointing tothe icon on the ring. Bring the icon ring with you and put it in your apron or allow thechild to carry it. When transitioning back to the booth, use the child’s icon ring to show them theicon of the booth and tell them what you’re going to do, such as, “Lets go play with BuzzLight-Year!” Do not say, “Let’s go back to your booth,” because some children may findthe booth and/or a procedure done in the booth aversive. This is important, especiallywith children who express problems during transitions. When arriving back to the booth,you should give the child access to one of their favorite toys such as a certain doll, game,book, or puzzle and get the next procedure ready.How to handle problem transitions • Use the Icon Ring • Make transitions fun: Transitioning is a skill that you can provide to your child. In order to teach this skill, provide toys and praise consistently as long as your child is walking appropriately. Make a big deal when your child walks appropriately, and pay a lot of attention to him/her. The inappropriate behaviors may decrease if you make walking with you more reinforcing than other reinforcers out there. • Use the “Reinforcer Trail”: During transitions, bring a small, preferred toy with you that you can carry in your apron. Show the child the preferred toy and entice them with the toy back to the booth.NEVER PICK UP YOUR CHILD. If everything else fails, get a TA to assist you.Do’s and Don’ts for handling transition Do Don’t Constantly use reinforcers outside of  Make chasing around a game the booth  Allow your child to stay in other Use what’s in your apron– that’s what booths or play with toys in someone they are there for else’s bin Make transition quick and fun  Pull your child’s hand (your child is fragile)  Leave your child alone in order to ignore inappropriate behaviors  Lift your child

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