In a review of recent research studies, researchers identified the most frequently researched strategies to help with problem behavior during transitions. Click on the name of each strategy to learn more about it.
- Activity Schedules: visual displays of a sequence of events, activities, or steps.
- Social Narratives: short stories (often with accompanying pictures) that tell a student what to expect in a specific situation. For free social narratives from Positively Autism, click here.
- Video Modeling: a video showing the transition between one activity and another. For example, when it is time to go the lunch at school, a teacher could show a video of the child walking down the hall and arriving at the lunchroom.
- High-P Procedure: high-probability request sequences.
- Reinforcement: giving a child a preferred reward for appropriate behavior during the transition.
- Peer Mediation: such as using a peer buddy system in which another child helps support the child with autism to make the transition. Note: this intervention would not be appropriate if the child with autism experiences aggressive behavior during transitions.
Improving Transition Behaviors in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Interventions in Educational Settings by Jenna Lequia, Kimber L. Wilkerson, Sunyoung Kim, and Gregory L. Lyons
Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (2015), Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 146 - 158