Planning routines for your child...
Updated: Sep 2, 2020
Routine is a good thing. There is recent research that we could all benefit from having a routine and a regular rhythm in our lives. But routine is especially important for children with autism. Here are some of the reasons why:
Order From Chaos. Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder live in a world of chaos. These children have difficulty making sense of everyday movements, sounds, and actions. What sounds like a symphony to you may sound like white noise to the ASD child. Routine creates order in their lives. These children gradually learn what to expect and when to expect it. Routine creates a safe and secure environment in which life is predictable.
Routine Comes Naturally. Children with ASD naturally tend to like repetitive actions. You often will notice them creating repetition themselves. In fact, repetition in behavior can be one of the signs of autism. Routine comes naturally to them, and it’s not hard for them to learn a productive routine in the place of an unproductive one.
Stress Relief. Routine is known to relieve stress is almost all individuals. The child with ASD has a particularly stressful life as he or she tries to make sense of his or her surroundings. Adding routine will relieve the child’s stress.
Routine Adds to the Learning Potential. Once you can relieve the child’s stress, then it’s much easier to help the child learn new things. New habits. New skills. New accomplishments. Routine is a powerful learning tool in the ASD environment.
We have many arrows in our quiver for treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Applied Behavior Analysis. Routine is one of our tools and is central to our philosophy. Once you see how well your autistic child can learn routines, you will understand that the child’s learning potential is probably much higher than you may realize. Your child will be happier when he learns, makes progress, and achieves goals, and we can show you how to help this to happen.