A Product of Disability Access: Empowering Tribal Members with Disabilities & Their Families
by Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.
Although behavior problems were not part of the original design of this workshop, in our previous training, questions on behavior came up so often that we realized it was necessary to address this common concern.
Routine: Children with a variety of disabilities, including mental retardation and autism, may be very definite about having a certain routine.
Why do children with disabilities desire routine more often? There are a number of possible explanations. The answer that makes the most sense to us is that a young child with a disability may have difficulty understanding and interacting with the world. If you did not understand language very well, how could you trust that someone was going to give you food that would taste good and make you not hungry any longer? One way might be that it is the same exact food that you had the last time and that food tasted good.
If everything happens in the same way, in the same order each day, you don't have to remember exactly what you were supposed to be doing or where you were supposed to go next. . For children who have difficulty making sense of the world, due to autism, mental retardation or other disability, a routine is less frustrating and increases the child’s level of comfort in interactions
For children with attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities that impact attention, routine may reduce the difficulties experienced by the child. If she puts her lunch box in her cubby every day after lunch, this may be one less thing for her to remember. We say, “may” because we have worked with children who simply do not pick up such obvious routines and after two years of putting their lunch boxes in their cubbies after lunch will still forget to do so as they are distracted by looking at the class goldfish.
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