For children with autism, transitions are often seen as disruptive
Although transitions are triggers for a majority of children, they are especially challenging for children with behavioral and developmental problems. Medical experts suggest that the reasons behind this behavior lie in the root of their difficulty. “For kids with autism, the world is just an incredibly confusing and overwhelming place, so the need for sameness and predictability is adaptive,” said Dr. Michael Rosenthal, a clinical neuropsychologist. Their cognitive inflexibility and hyper-focused interests is why they tend to do the same things in the same order. They crave order, as it helps them to feel safe, calm, and in control. “Any unexpected changes or transition for a kid with autism disrupts their equilibrium,” said Dr. Rosenthal. What follows is resistance or problematic behaviors.