Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP
What does your child’s bedtime routine look like? Do you read books? Do you follow a certain schedule to get ready for bed? Is there a special way that you say goodnight? Do you pack lunches or choose clothing for the next day? While the bedtime routine might be unique to each family, your child can take an active role in bedtime preparations.
Tip 1: Increase independence with a sequence map.
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Tip 2: Create a visual schedule to present the order of evening events and activities.
The purpose of a visual schedule is to help individuals with autism organize their lives and understand sequence and time.
Tip 3: Create a Social Story TM about bedtime.
Social Stories can be used to teach skills to children with autism and related disabilities. Social stories provide an individual with accurate information about those situations that he or she may find difficult or confusing. The situation is described in detail and focus is given to a few key points: the important social cues, the events and reactions the individual might expect to occur in the situation, the actions and reactions that might be expected of him, and why. The goal of the story is to increase the individual’s understanding of, make him more comfortable in, and possibly suggest some appropriate responses for the situation in question.
For more information about Social Stories visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjlIYYbVIrI