Choice of Two Strategy

The Choice of Two Strategy involves providing a child with a choice of two activities or options in an effort to redirect their attention to an adult-directed activity or non-preferred option. Giving a choice helps the child have a sense of autonomy and control in a situation. Essentially, the adult redirects the child from their preferred option to a choice of 2 options that are appropriate.

If a child wants an unhealthy snack, you can say: “That is not an option right now, would you like carrots or an apple for your snack?”

If a child wants to run ahead of you on the street, you can say: “Running is not an option right now, would you like to walk by yourself, or hold my hand?”

A child stands at an open refrigerator (facing the camera), holds their finger to their mouth and looks up as if deciding between a hotdog on a plate and a red apple.

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