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Parents Q&A – Teaching children to wait

Parent’s concern: My son is 4 years old and he has difficulties in waiting for anything. When we asked him to wait, he would throw tantrum, screaming and crying. He is always like that when couldn’t get what he wanted immediately. This really stresses me out a lot, anything I can do?
Teaching children to wait is an important skill, but at the same time, a difficult skill to teach. A lot of toddlers have waiting problems and it is definitely not easy for them to wait for something that they really desire for.

Below Toby shows us how we can train children to wait.

“Waiting” is one of the fundamental Learning- How- to- Learn Skills, these skills are better established in a 1:1 setting with intensive practice opportunities.
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Suggestion provided by Toby Mountjoy。
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines and Singapore with over 100 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and AP School to offer more services for children with Autism.

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