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The Impact of Transition Times

Transition in this context can mean anything from changing the subject when you’re talking to someone, all the way to getting on an aeroplane and arriving in another country. Often it means something in the middle like moving from one lesson at school to another.


Abrupt task transitions without any warning can leave neurodivergent* people feeling overwhelmingly frustrated & irritated. @eforerin describes this beautifully in their graphic coining the term ‘Tendril Theory’:


Switching from one task to another involves putting ourselves in a new context & mentally preparing for a new task. There are some practical measures that you can introduce to your children to help them, including:

· Planning/ running through their day the previous evening to help minimise surprises

· When possible, as for warnings from the people around them

· Allow buffer time of at least 15-30 minutes between tasks so that your brain can disengage from the previous task


The problem is, it requires adaptation to new stimuli, a new organisation, new steps, new results. Our attention on the previous task must be cleared out before we can start doing something new – and for a child at school this isn’t always possible.


Disengaging from one activity & moving to the next without enough time to prepare can be too much to process & emotionally draining but with the help of EFT this can become an achievable goal, and in a reasonable timeframe as well.





* a brain wired differently to the norm, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia etc (https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/)

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