A routine to an autistic person is as important as insulin is to a diabetic. With out a routine we can feel lost and are more prone to meltdowns as we are unable to deal with change.
The thing is, each autistic person handles change at various levels so the routine that works for one may not work for all.
So tips I have picked up for myself are:
- Work out how much change you can handle before you plan your routine;
- If you can’t handle change on a big scale make sure your routine is not so strict that you can’t allow for unfortunate incidents;
- If your routine has to be flexible like mine does as I am a back up carer for my dad, make sure that you plan far enough in advance so that you can handle the upcoming change.
- Understand that something may happen beyond your control and that if you are struggling to deal with it, it’s fine. Seek help and someone to talk to.
These are some of the tricks that have helped me.