Ds has zero concept of time. The duck timer worked for a minute but in general time warnings do nothing for him. Literally, nothing. A visual clock makes a lot of sense. Might need to try this.
All kids have no actual concept of time, even in 1st grade many don't. I think I'm going to get one of these for DD1 to help her understand how much longer she needs to stay in bed. I feel like it would be really helpful and can get used for many years.
Right, I know that's normal, but I will often try to explain that "when the long hand gets to Xx then we go to bed , or bath or whatever" and I'm basically met with "so what, I do what I want when I want. Damn that long hand!" This might help and make it fun. I'm game for anything at this point.
We can self refer for a behavior consult. Our pedi gave us the option. I'm really close to doing it. It would be nice to know if what we're dealing with is normal and some tips to help with it.
I'm of the mindset that you can never have too much information or too much help. What you choose to do with the information is always your decision anyway and I feel like it's always nice to have input from professionals that see these things everyday.
Food and speech therapy have made me less apprehensive about seeking out professional guidance. It's all for the good of this amazing little boy and the sanity of his parents 😉
Transitions and separation anxiety are really tough. For transitions We always do a 5min warning, then 4min, 3min, 2min, 1min, then DD1 usually adds half a minute, then we leave. Works really well for us.
Anxiety has become much better lately. We used to have these epic meltdowns because she was afraid we were going to leave her behind. Explaining the plan, telling her exactly where we are going, who is coming, how we are getting there etc helped.
Giving her a job to do also big life saver. When you can tell she's getting frustrated and is about to lose it, snap her out of it with a job (help me put my shoes on I can't do it, help me hold this for me, help me find something, etc). They really love helping at this age, and it makes her feel important.
If all else fails,... it gets much easier after 4yo!
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