Autism and the Everyday #11

There are some things about autism that are hard to live with.  It’s all relative, because, let’s be honest, autism is hard to live with.  Full stop.

Let’s talk managing a different routine.  We pretty much have the term-time, Monday to Friday routine off pat (but transition to secondary school is looming and I’m anticipating a bumpy road …), but I still find that school holidays cause blips each day, necessitating the need for a plan.

IMG_0905.JPGThe plan tends to look like this:

We stick to the usual routine as much as we can.  Getting-up time, breakfast, teeth cleaning – all happen roughly at the same time of day as in term-time.

Running alongside the usual routine is the holiday routine.  He doesn’t need to get dressed at 07.30, if he chooses not to.  If he does, no dramas.

We have a timetable, of the flexible kind, for each day of the holidays.

I tell him what’s on it at the start of the holidays and then remind him at the end of each day what’s in store for the next day.

Snack times and down time are built into each and every day.

I make more of an effort with meal planning and try to ensure I’ve done a big shop before the holidays begin.

We do our utmost to have fun.

6 thoughts on “Autism and the Everyday #11

  1. Ruth I cannot imagine all the work that goes into your daily routine. I think you have built in lots of learning time, fun times, interesting times along with the rest & snack times. You seriously could lead a workshop in time management, life dealing/coping/working with Autism, heck you could lead a workshop for anyone & I would attend. You’ve got this!

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  2. I like a good routine, but holidays and vacation time mean much less structure around here, so I applaud your staying to a symblance of the routine during the school holidays. I’m sure that also helps the transition back to school days, too.

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  3. I think that you have a great coping strategy here, a bit of routine for comfort then keeping busy doing interesting things as well. Structure to the day is key. As Mary-Lou said, your time management skills are amazing!

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  4. Routine is so important here too. Penny is a bit wobbly at the moment as her routine is up the spout as she is having surgery on Thursday so will not be able to work in the charity shop on her 2 usual days and everything is basically up in the air. I’m glad you have got routines to work to in term time and holiday. I hope the transition is not too hard and remember it is just that, transition and will not be forever and soon you will get back to a routine albeit a new one. You are doing wonderfully so never doubt yourself or put yourself down – I know how easy THAT is!

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  5. You sound (and are!) so organized and thoughtful – a structure and predictability (as far as is possible) sounds very stabilizing for you all. Hoping that there will be ways of helping your young man prepare for the transition – I am sure you’ll be giving the same caring and forensic attention to support and help him :).

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