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.
The 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.