Taming the Beast : The Power Of Routine

With Liam there is never a dull moment.  Just like all my boys, Liam has the power to bring me the most joy.  He also has the power to make my red hair fall out.

Like most high functioning autistic children, coping and managing their idiosyncrasies usually revolves around routine.

When you move out of routine things can go haywire real quick and results in tantrums, fear, withdrawal, or major misbehavior and  of course..major anxiety of the parents.

Within the first 5 seconds when I ge home in afternoon I am greeted with the same routine everyday.

First “fly”, where I hoist his near 50 lb body into the air and catch him.

Then ” roll it.”, which is more like ring around the rosy.

The “swing” , when I hold his arms and swing him between my  legs.

The more… ” leg” where he clings to my leg and sits on my foot while I walk around.

Then Finally “wrestle” where I give him a few body slams on the bed. Don’t worry…I have been trained :).

That is what we do.  And if I try to deviate then I am in for a long evening.

So it’s best to stick to a routine.  I learned he has his own routine at school that he follows everyday and if you watched him do it, you wouldn’t even know he was autistic.   Which is the main objective of these programs; to prepare them for standard education.

  1.  Hangs up Jacket.
  2.  Checks his mail
  3. Washes his hands
  4. Dries his hands
  5. Then finds his name and drags it to the “here” column.

 

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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