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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

We are three weeks into the new year, and most are probably settling into their 2022 routines. Coming back from an extended break or time off is not easy. We all need time to get back into the swing of things. 

Individuals with autism often have a more difficult time adjusting back to routines after long breaks. Using tools for scheduling, planning, and adjusting back into routines can be helpful. These tools can be helpful for the individual and the family. 

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Helpful Tools for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder + More

Visual Schedule

Using some kind of visual schedule to lay out the routine based on what would work best for the individual. Schedules can have varying levels and work together to increase predictability and demonstrate the schedule in different ways. Schedules can show daily, weekly, or even monthly activities. 

  • This daily schedule can help break down the schedule per day and focus on day-to-day activity.
  • This monthly schedule can help plan out things and events further in advance.

Visual Routines for Activities

For activities that may be hard to accomplish or get back into, a visual routine can be made! These visual routines break down the task step-by-step based on the individual’s needs. 

  • There are visual routines for the morning. Having a morning routine can help the child or adult know what he or she needs to do every morning.
  • There are also visual routines for getting dressed. Practicing how to get dressed by following a step-by-step visual guide can help individuals feel and be more independent.
  • There are visual routines for bedtime. Being able to unwind before bed is important so having a bedtime routine can be benefitial for many reasons. Knowing that bedtime is coming soon and having a routine can help the person be more aware of what needs to be done before going to bed. This knowledge can influence positive behavior as well!

Social Stories

Social stories can help to explain activities, routines, expectations, and many other things. They can be easily made at home or you can check out the ones we created here

Using Electronics + More

Something else to keep in mind is that your electronic devices, like phones and tablets can also be great tools for getting back into routines and sticking to routines. You can use the calendars on electronics, alarms, reminders, and check out new and existing apps that may help you. 

If your child is experiencing more difficulties getting back into routines or adapting to changes, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

Disclaimer: The information and content in this blog and any links and materials are not intended to be and should not be construed or substituted as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician and or other qualified healthcare professionals with any questions you may have.