Change is a constant part of life, and the quicker you adapt to it, the better you can handle all the challenges you face in life. But have you ever considered why your child has trouble shifting from one activity to another?
Transitions are difficult for everyone since we’re usually moving from something we enjoy doing to something we must do. Research has shown that six in ten children with ADHD had at least one emotional, mental, or behavioral disorder. Here’s why children struggle with change.
Inability to Handle Emotions
As a parent, you understand how facing resistance from your child is inevitable. Whether you’re telling them it’s time to leave the playground or time to turn the television off and have dinner; the odds are you’ll have to listen to them complaining.
But children generally can’t process or manage their feelings. They’re don’t have a strongly developed sense of time. Hence, they don’t plan into the future—their brains don’t allow it. Their entire focus is on what they’re doing at that moment.
This is where you must teach to understand the concept of sequencing—knowing what comes first and what should come next. A task as basic as educating them to wear their socks first, followed by their shoes and then their jacket, can help them work out different situations and solve problems.
Children with autism find the world too confusing and overwhelmingly stressful. Their approach is an adaptive kind, in which they stick to familiar and predictable activities.
Any deviation from their routine can be upsetting, like a rug being pulled out from under their feet. Therefore, autistic children have trouble with unexpected changes as it disturbs their equilibrium.