Give your child time to transition between activities.
Techniques and routines used for kids with Autism often tend to be beneficial for “typical” children as well. Here’s a tip from author Ellen Notbohm that will work for any child.
“Help me transition between activities. It takes me a little longer to motor plan moving from one activity to the next. Give me a five-minute warning and a two minute warning before an activity changes — and build a few extra minutes in on your end to compensate. A simple clock face or timer on my desk gives me a visual cue as to the time of the next transition and helps me handle it more independently.” ~ Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew (© 2005 Ellen Notbohm, www.ellennotbohm.com)
(This tip–minus the clock or timer–also works great with spouses and significant others!)