Intermediate, ages 2-4
Physically channel a child's movement away from a potential problem to a place where he or she can engage in a more acceptable activity. This spontaneous physical steering is proper only for young children. Physical redirecting is possible only if space for alternative opportunities is available. This tool differs from change the activity because the parent's task is to physically move the child from one space to another instead of creating a new activity.
✔ Father sees his son begin to wander into the kitchen where his big sister's birthday cake waits for the party to begin. He intercepts his young son at the door and blocks the entrance. He then physically channels the child's movement to the living room where he begins to play with stuffed animals.
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