Tip of the Week

June 20, 2016

Maintain a routine during the summer

Most children (and adults) function better and are more productive within a regular routine and schedule. Routines provide structure to the day, and the sense of order and consistent expectations they bring are especially helpful for students who are inflexible and struggle with the executive function skill “shifting” (the ability to move from one situation to another, and to think flexibly when the situation requires it). The school year allows for a natural daily routine; summer often does not. Thus, try and establish a routine this summer so your child knows what to expect, when to expect it, and what’s involved. You’ll eliminate power struggles, create consistency during an inconsistent time, and you’ll help your child gain confidence as he manages his day more independently.