Routine, Routine, Routine

Are you finding it hard to get your child out the door in the mornings? For many families getting the kids up and ready for school can be a stressful time. Establishing a morning routine is the first step to making this process as smooth as possible. Routines are very important for children as they provide predictability, consistency and structure. Routines also allow children to have a greater sense of control over their environment. Some tips for creating your morning routine: · Get the whole family involved in creating your routine · Don’t miss breakfast · Pick out clothes the night before · No electronics until everyone is ready

For children that find following morning routines challenging they may be finding it difficult to sequence the tasks that they need to do, or they maybe find it hard to follow directions that you are giving them. Something to try if your child is having difficulty following the morning routine is a visual schedule. By creating a morning routine visual this can take the guesswork out of the tasks that your child needs to do.

If you haven’t tried a morning routine visual give this one a try. You can alter the times and tasks and even add pictures if your child responds better to visual images. You can laminate the sheet and get your child to tick off when they have completed a task. If your child is still having trouble with their morning try using timers to accompany the visual, trying to break the task down into smaller steps or try using a reward system, like stickers, for completing each task.

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