- Familiarity This is just like the concept of coming home after a vacation. It was fun, but it is sure good to get back home. Children feel like this every time there is a change in schedule or routine. Outings and visitors can be fun, but it is always good to get things back to normal. Do you have an everyday schedule with your special needs child? Schedules that Work is our most read article on this topic.
- Predictability Communication is hard with many special needs kids. They do not understand everything that is communicated about changes in plans. They often have difficulty communicating about their feelings of being tired, overwhelmed, wanting to know when it is time to go home from the mall, etc. A routine keeps everyone from getting exhausted and frazzled.
- Day-to-day Needs Certain things must get done in the course of a day, a week, or a month. Everyone needs to eat. Baths and showers are a must. We all need our sleep. The same is true for household chores. Keeping as much of the daily routine as possible prevents other things from piling up – – – like laundry and picking up the kids’ rooms. When things are “on track” everyone is in a better frame of mind to celebrate.
- Time Concepts Some children (especially those with ADD or ADHD) tend to loose track of time. Routines are important for them to keep focused on the needs of the day. Of course, there are times when things are not the norm. Check out for more ideas on this topic.
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