When kids have trouble following a routine or schedule, the result is often easy to see: Kids aren’t ready on time or they’ve missed key steps. At home, kids might race out the door with unbrushed teeth. At school, they might line up for the end of the day without their homework packed.
Keep an eye on what happens when kids miss one or multiple parts of a routine. If you look more closely, you may notice other behaviors that lead up to it.
For example, what happens when it’s time for kids to unpack their backpack? Are all of the items out? Are any of them? If not, what are kids doing instead of unpacking?
As for the daily schedule, what exactly do kids do instead of what’s scheduled? Do they routinely forget about band practice, but not basketball practice?
When kids truly struggle with routines and schedules, it looks like a bunch of missing pieces, not just one or two.
Parents and caregivers: If you start to
related to your child’s trouble with routines or schedules, talk to people who know and spend time with your child. They can share what they’ve noticed and give you a fuller picture.
Educators: If kids are having trouble following routines or schedules, use this
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