08 Sep Routine
Last week I shared a post on decreasing behavior problems during transition. And this week we are looking at each of the steps that help with smooth transitions. Transitions being the movement from one activity to another, can be difficult for some parents, as well as frustrating for most children if poorly managed. But transitions become easier when children follow a schedule that is well thought out. So, creating a routine can help parents avoid problem(tantrum) behaviors at transition times even for older children
Sequence of actions regularly followed. It includes:
- Structure of the day
- Activities with clear beginning and ending made up of specific behaviors and rituals
- Linked throughout the day
- Repeated throughout the week
Impact on Child Development
Having a regular schedule for the child:
- organizes the child
- makes the child Understands the concept of time
- Reduces confusion and anxiety – child knows what to expect
- Increases attention span
Evaluating Daily Routines
- Observe routines and behaviors
- Give clear direction
- Develop written plan
- Plan for obstacles
- Assess and make changes as needed
Having a schedule that works, not only reduce stress for the child and the family but builds the child’s confidence and stability.
However, not all changes are the same and not all children react the same way, but you can modify and adapt depending on the skills level of your child.
Do you have a routine for your child with special needs? If you do not have, start slowly…
Start with one or two schedules, maybe a morning, a bedtime, or a reading routine and stick to them for a period, you will see how different things will be. You will be less stressed, and at ease to share special time with your child.