Transitions can be difficult for kids with autism; they thrive on routine and consistency. Ever since my son Norrin was diagnosed with autism, the words consistency and routine have been drilled into my head. While I may be super organized, maintaining a schedule has always been a challenge. I’ve noticed that when we follow a schedule, all is well in our world. When we don’t…well, let’s just say the difference is obvious.
Summer vacations are especially difficult for us. It’s the time of year when all schedules are off. Each day is different and routine is a word rarely uttered. With the beginning of a new school year (thank goodness!) we can start to get back into a regular groove.
I recently reviewed a new book, The Sensory Child Gets Organized, and it’s packed with realistic suggestions on how to help you and your child. Reading the book reminded me of all the things that make transitions easier for Norrin.
Whether you’re a parent who loves to schedule or one that lives on whim, these tips are easy enough to incorporate into your day-to-day lives.
How do you manage transitions and routines in your home? What works for your child?
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