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You may think something as simple as creating organizational routines could have the same significant impact on your child’s life, but it truly does. Here’s how:

Reason #1: By creating an organization routine, you are creating structure. Reality is… everyone craves routine and structure (even children). Even if there may be some groans in the beginning. Structure is key! It allows for a clear, direct expectation of events or tasks. Structure allows for consistency and normalcy in a day. This in turn, can help regulate your child and prevent (or eliminate) disruptive behaviors. 

Task: Start by creating a clear, structured event. This can include morning routines, wakeups, prepping for the day, night routines, meal prepping, or etc. 

Reason #2: Same as structure, organization provides predictability. There are some things in life we cannot control, but we can be purposeful and intentional in what we do. By being purposeful and intentional, you are paving opportunities for predictable outcomes. This helps a child of all needs, especially a child with autism. Having opportunities throughout the day allows for predictability. Predictable outcomes will calm a child and gives a sense of control. One way to carry out predictable outcomes is using the “If” → “Then” method. “If I put my toys away, then I could watch 30 minutes of television.” “If I do my math homework after school, then I could play 25 minutes of video games.” 

 

Reason #3: Environment plays a role in organization. Environment such as school and home plays a role. To remain organized in both school and home settings, systems need to be put into place. In a school setting, collaborate with school advocates such as primary teachers, speciality teachers, social workers, or guidance counselors. The more hands to help, the better. But, putting systems such as individualized notebooks for each class, color coded items/ materials, use of colors, binders, graphic organizers, and note taking strategies. Feel free to check out patriciamedard.com for supplemental resources to assist in this area.  

Here are some tips to incorporate at home:

Provide a space to neatly store items

Have a distracted free area or zone to read, study or collect ideas

Eliminate as many distractions as possible

Create learning zones

For example, set boundaries such as: “This area is for reading. This area is where we place our backpack and notebooks. This is where we store our old notes.” 

 

To wrap up… Don’t feel overwhelmed trying to put everything into place so quickly. With support of Gracefully Defined, we can provide simplified ways to help put these into place. We also provide individualized consultations to guide you. Learn more by visiting patriciamedard.com

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