Tuesday, October 11, 2016

31 for 21 Day 11: Colin is Scheduled

One of the things we have known for a long time about Colin is that he functions best, is happiest, and his behavior is the best when his day is scheduled and he can anticipate what's going to happen next. Because of this, I feel I have become a bit obsessive about our schedule and making sure we stick to it the best we can every week. We have created daily visual schedules, visual schedules for smaller chunks of time, we talk a LOT about each day and what will be in it and we even schedule out an chunks of our days for Colin so he knows exactly what he will be doing. When we are all at our best and things are going as planned, Colin is also doing his best (for the most part). However, we are finding this week and last that because of extra days off, it is throwing him off and he is having a harder time returning to normal routine, especially since he has mostly been home with Daddy on these extra days off. Today was the most challenging so far after school because he was exhausted and off routine and was really showing it through his behaviors. As nice as it is sometimes to have time off, it is really hard for someone like Colin who depends on regular routines to feel at his best.

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