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Importance of Routine for Children with Learning Disabilities

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All of us somehow follow a routine in doing our daily life tasks. It helps us organise our thoughts in finishing all the chores or work needed to be done in a day. In short, having a routine helps us in maximising our time to be more productive. 

For young children, routine helps them to be more open in exploring new skills and to develop a sense of time. In the case of children with learning disabilities, routine plays a vital part in their intervention. It helps them feel secure and safe inside the home/school setup because they know what will happen next. We need to make sure that we are giving them a clear routine and a structured environment fit to their individual needs. 

A professional in children with LD should be able to assist parents in creating the best routine. It should be tailored for the specific needs of their children. This is where Avocadocare can help you. We offer NDIS-funded disability support services for children with learning disabilities as young as age 7. We aim to develop a holistic approach in developing your children’s full potential.

Qualities of an Effective Routine

  • Carefully Planned – A routine is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ thing. Each child has different needs and has different living conditions. Thus, giving an individualised and clear routine is important. 
  • Consistent – A routine is not a routine if it changes in short intervals of time. It should be implemented in a regular manner to give stability to children with LD. Change is inevitable and it can create anxieties and challenging behaviours in children. We should do proper processing of every change in their routine. Introduce it to them bit by bit in order for them to cope in their own pace. 
  • Attainable – We should not create complex routines that may cause confusion to children with LD. Always keep in mind the personality, skills and behaviour of the child when creating a  routine. It can be simple yet targeting all the developmental domains needed to improve.
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Different Routine Styles for Children with Learning Disabilities

  1. Creating visual timetables is one of the best ways in teaching their daily routine. You can use images that show a clear picture of the activities they will be doing. It can start from the moment they wake up until bedtime. Others use the picture of their children doing the activities. It helps them relate more to the task at hand. It is best if each picture is detachable. This makes adjustments easier when changes occur in the routine. You can be creative in making these visual timetables.  
  2. Providing specific objects as visual prompts can also help in establishing their routine. You should use familiar objects with your child. It can help them associate objects to the activity it represents more easily. As an example, their favorite plate means it is time to eat or a towel for bathing.
  3. Doing the rewards system is also a good thing. It can be in the form of giving simple words of praise like ‘good job’ or ‘well done’. You can also give out ‘happy face’ stickers whenever a task is completed. This style helps in positively reinforcing children to finish an activity and do other tasks as well

Avocadocare Delivers the Best Disability Support Services for Children with Learning Disabilities

Whatever support you need for your children living with a learning disability, Avocadocare can provide it. As an NDIS-funded support service provider, we are committed to give your children a holistic approach in creating developmentally-appropriate intervention programs.

Enquire now at 0412360825 or 0385965343 to know more about the services! At Avocadocare, you get the care you can believe in

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