Easing Anxieties About Changing Your Routine

For children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), changes in routine can be distressing.

For instance, a child might become upset upon going to an unfamiliar place such as a doctor’s office, doing a certain activity at a different time of day, or even eating a new food.

If you want to minimize the stress that your child feels upon encountering changes to his or her routine, there are a number of strategies that you can try.

It tends to be helpful to introduce changes gradually

If you will be taking your child to a new school, for example, you might visit the school a few times together at quiet times of the day so that your child can get used to the new environment.

Many children also appreciate having a daily timetable

A daily timetable tells them when each different event of the day will happen. Incorporating new activities into this timetable can help your child acclimate to them.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. The content is based on the author's personal experiences, research, and opinions. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional or expert before making any decisions or taking action based on the information provided in this blog.

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