As society reopens, normalcy returns to our lives. Some children have opted to return to traditional schools; others have remained at home with virtual classes. Some people have gone back to their offices; others chose to continue taking care of their kids at home. Regardless of our preferences, we can all agree that scheduling is a needed trait for all of us - especially for autistic children.
If you want to help acclimate children to new situations, always create schedules for them. Planning activities would help grasp the responsibilities of the day and prevent meltdowns. Here are some tips to get started:
Always remember that a schedule can be undermined without the tracking of time. If one must maintain consistency, allocate a specific period of time for each activity. One way of accomplishing this is through timers. An alarm that signals when to start or finish a task would ease the child into the next step of their day.
Prioritizing what task is most important will structure the schedule. Whatever situation that children may face, they would feel more comfortable completing it if they outline their plans.
First, identify the step that needs to done before anything else. Then list the following needed activities. Finally, find the task that’ll end the day. For example:
Getting Ready for Bed
- Change into pajamas
- Brush teeth
- Turn off the bedroom light
- Go to sleep
If children determine the first and last tasks of situations, it wouldn’t be so scary to start.
Always refer to the schedule. In order to feel encouraged, kids need to be reminded of their progress and milestones. Consider hanging copies of the schedule around the house - or simply paste one inside their backpack, so every time they feel confused, they could easily refer to it.
Finally, use rewards! Nothing motivates children more than an incentive. Surely, it doesn’t always have to be candy, but it could be a song to sing or a dance to do after every accomplished task. This would make their day more exciting and easier to tackle on.
There’s a lot of mess in today’s world, but there isn’t a problem that could deter us from completing our goals. Whenever you feel stressed or stagnant, list your accomplishments of the day and revel at what you’ve done. Then schedule what’s next.