The majority of humans thrive off routine and consistency. With that in mind, babies and toddlers with Autism are no different. In many cases, routine can create harmony in the family and this sense of harmony and calm in the form of a structured routine can help babies and toddlers with Autism to feel relaxed in day to day life.
Here are some suggestions to consider when establishing a routine that could work for a baby or toddler with Autism and the rest of the family too!
Matchstick Monkey Routine Suggestions
1. It’s All About Consistency
Unknown and unexpected changes to the structure of a baby or toddler’s day can knock them off track and cause upset. Adopting a clearly structured routine for your little one from morning to night can help keep them content from when they get up in the morning to when you are putting them to bed. Creating reminders on your phone at certain points of the day is one way to help remind you about certain activities that make up part of your child’s routine. For example, reminders for clearly set meal times, play times and bath times can help take the pressure off you remembering; particularly on busy days!
2. Sensory Play
If your baby experiences hypo-sensitivity and therefore is often under-responsive to touch, incorporating sensory play can be a really positive experience for them. They can feel stimulated and calm whilst also developing their gross and fine motor skills. By pencilling in sensory play time for your baby, it can help them thrive and it can work well in establishing a structured routine. Under close supervision, textured items from around the home or even food from your cupboards such as grains of rice can be perfect for this type of play without you needing to spend money on high tech equipment.
3. Having a set bedtime
It is suggested that toddlers who benefit from a structured routine such as those babies who have Autism Spectrum Disorder should have a set bedtime, where possible. Establishing a wind down routine in the lead up to bedtime such as a bath, low lighting and noise reduction can all help to settle your little one ahead of a sound night’s sleep. Sleep is so important for all members of the family especially if it has been a busy day, so a set bedtime routine could work wonders for your child and you.
We appreciate that all babies and toddlers are different, but we hope you found this Matchstick Monkey blog beneficial and we hope you’re on your way to creating a routine that works for your family.