Non-Verbal Transitions | Autism
Best For Students Who
- Respond well to auditory stimulation;
- Become overwhelmed by too many verbal directions;
- Have difficulty with abstract concepts like the passage of time;
- Have difficulty with change;
- Are anxious about being rushed and need help with time management.
You can explore different music options appropriate for your individual students /classes using links and research below.
Play with various tones and tempos for the time of day. When you want students to calm down or move from a transition slowly, use soothing sounds that have a calming effect. In the afternoon when you need students to stay motivated or move quickly, use a song that has motivating lyrics and an upbeat tempo!
Musical transitions can be used along with visual cues. But research shows visual cues take a lot of prep time, while musical transitions are easy and quick to implement.
Consistency is everything! You must use the same song for the same transition every time, or else it defeats the purpose of a non-verbal cue.
Desired Results:Students move seamlessly from one activity to the next with minimal stress, confusion, or disruption; students associate change with a positive experience; students can match the type of change with the specific musical cue.
Thank you for all you do for your students. The future will thank you too!