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  • Create a schedule or identify the things you will do today (even if it’s followed loosely)
    • Use visuals if this is historically helpful for your child 
    • Have your child assist in creating or planning the activities
    • Complete less preferred activities prior to preferred activities
  • Identify things that motivate your child.  Provide these things often throughout the day, as long as they are not immediately preceded by a challenging behaviour.
  • Identify the tasks that are not preferred by your child.  Use first/then statements when presenting these tasks.
    • For example, “First pick up the blocks, then you can have your snack.”
  • Use a visual timer when your child is engaged in a preferred task to help ease the transition to another activity.
  • Provide preferred items, edibles and praise when your child is engaged in behaviours that you want to see more often.  Focus your attention on praising these behaviours, while limiting attention for behaviours that you do not want to see.  Remember, attention is attention whether it cheering them on or scolding them for using the last toilet paper roll (too soon?). 
  • Find resources to help keep your child engaged, while also giving you time to recharge. 

TIPES has posted some great resources on our website under COVID-19 Resources.