Hello Parents, I know you're wondering how can you set a routine for your child, where can you start, and is it possible. Trust me it is possible, it is possible to have a set schedule for your child. It makes everything so much easier.
Creating consistency in your child's every day makes every day much easier and stress-free. It brings a sense of calmness to your daily routine as a parent. But it truly promotes success in your child's life and encourages them to do better every day.
Having a daily routine can improve and eliminate a lot of things:
The child taking ownership of their activities
A strong parent-child connection
Transitioning in between activities or task
Trying new foods
Why Creating a Routine for a child is Important
Creating a routine is very important because it helps your child maintain a schedule and gives your child some order. As he or she attempts to make sense of his or her world, the kid with ASD has an especially stressful life. Adding a routine can alleviate stress on the infant. Adds Routine to Learning Potential. When the child's tension can be eased, it is much easier to help the child learn new things.
Children with ASD tend to like repetitive behavior naturally. You'll also note that they themselves produce repetition. In fact, one of the signs of autism may be repetition in actions. Naturally, the routine comes to them, and instead of unproductive, it is not difficult for them to learn a productive routine.
If you do not build one, you can't have a routine. Start by describing each task that you want your child to accomplish, listing them, and organizing a structured schedule. Designate when and for how long each should occur.
Visually interacting should be the routine and something your child can respond to positively. Fun sketches or an image of your child doing each assignment work very well.
2. What they like
A little optimistic strengthening will go a long way. So make sure that your kid knows how much you enjoy what they do every step of the way.
You can also integrate this into your visual schedule. You can like, star, thumbs up, check off, or otherwise positively show on the calendar that not only has a task been accomplished, but your child has done a fantastic job, the same way you would like a Facebook post.
3. Creating An Alert
One thing is creating a schedule, and sticking to that is another. (Just ask all those New Year's resolutions that were unfulfilled.) So keep on track with warnings, no matter how busy things get.
Set a warning on your phone if a job is intended to happen that both you and your child know. For time-dependent situations, use a timer, like to ensure that your child brushes for a full two minutes.
By setting a different tone or noise (animal noises are very fun) for each mission, warnings can also help remove some of the monotony of the routine. Best of all, over time, when they hear the familiar reminder going off, your child can even start completing tasks on their own.
4. How to Maintain
It is possible that managing the everyday schedule would be the hardest task. At first, at least.
But the more you have a consistent routine, the harder it is going to be to manage. Keep consistent, then. In the beginning, make sure to complete each assignment as soon as possible in the order in which they are listed as best as possible.
Once the routine is fully developed, try incorporating additional elements gradually, such as performing the routine at the home of another family member, or even gradually phasing out things, such as an alarm. Flexibility should be implemented by minor variations, allowing children to cope should changes ocbcur.
5. Follow the Schedule for a week
Check the schedule regularly, and for at least one week, let it lead your days. Instruct your son to check and observe the timetable. If he needs to be reminded, do so. Your aim is, however, for him to learn to take responsibility for his portion of the schedule.
An Example of a Schedule for An Autism Child.......
Your child's schedule doesn't have to look exactly like this
7:00 AM Wake up
7:15 AM Brush teeth
7:20 AM Get dressed
8:00 AM Eat breakfast
9:00 AM Therapy
11:00 AM Free time
12:00 PM Have lunch
1:00 PM Play outdoors
1:45 PM Snack time
2:00 PM Craft time
3:00 PM Free time
5:00 PM Eat dinner
6:00 PM Screen time
7:00 PM Bath time
7:45 PM Brush teeth
8:00 PM Bedtime
Keeping Up With The Progress
One objective leads to the next. This tiered routine monitoring not only lets parents remain coordinated in the middle of their own busy lives and quickly recognize places that may require further time, it will also provide the children with positive feedback on an ongoing basis and gamify the routine.
This notion of gamification is particularly useful. Although the routine itself doesn't actually change much every day, the successes do. They are a strong indication of growth and will inspire children to join.