How can you help kids like that and ease the anxiety over those transitions?
When he was little, he started to obsess over how much time 5 minutes actually was when we would tell him he had ‘5 minutes left’ (time is a very abstract concept for young children). Of course, there are also times when, especially if he is anxious, he needs more than a simple verbal countdown or a visual countdown. Which brings us to our visual timers…
We have a large one for school and a small one for at home. They work really well because as the time counts down, the red area becomes smaller. It’s a perfect visual for kids to monitor the time remaining in any situation. It was great when Jack was little for him to visualize the “time” passing.
The apps I’m showing below are all FREE! Parents can use these apps if their child is struggling with transitions at home, too. They certainly have been a lifesaver for us!
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