A First/Then Card is a visual display showing the order of two activities from left to right. The visual of the activity that is going to happen first is Velcro’d to the spot on the left and the visual of the activity that is going to happen second is Velcro’d to the spot on the right. This visual is shown to your child to help him or her understand that the second activity will happen once the first one is finished. First/Then cards can be used for a variety of purposes, including helping a child wait for a preferred activity.
My child tantrums or hits whenever he can’t get what he wants right away. For example, it takes me about 5 minutes to get all of his medications ready and while I’m doing this he’ll want me to sit on the couch and read with him. When I tell him to wait he tantrums or hits me.