Routine should be an integral part of every child’s life.
It helps to provide consistency and comfort as well as control in their surroundings.
Children can learn and understand the importance of balancing enjoyable tasks, such as play, with functional ones like eating breakfast or brushing their teeth.
The unknown has the potential to be frightening and, although change is important and often positive, it can be stressful.
Routine reassures children they are in a loving and secure environment, helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Weekly planners are an ideal solution for children that could benefit from additional assurance during changes or transitions.
Here, we discuss some of the key reasons why using a family weekly planner board can be beneficial for children, families and youngsters with autism or other sensory processing disorders.
Weekly Planner For Kids
A recent study found that children who follow routines together with family members tend to be emotionally healthier, and better adjusted socially, than kids who don’t.
They discovered each ritual was linked to a 47 per cent increase in the odds that children would have high so-called social-emotional health, indicating good emotional and social skills.
Weekly planners are effective when establishing routines for children, and also to teach them that planning can be fun.
By helping them to develop organisational skills, they learn they can take control of their activities like brushing their teeth or packing a school bag.
It encourages them to enjoy responsibility, and the satisfaction gained from consistent completion.
Over time, this will increase a feeling of mastery, making them less likely to rebel if they feel independent in their environment.
In turn, this helps children to be less combative and to learn the importance of delayed gratification.
For example, they may want to go to a friend’s house to play now, but they can see that this event is scheduled for the next morning and is something to look forward to.
Weekly Planner for Families
Family weekly planner boards can be beneficial not only for keeping your family organised while improving time management, but to also help children feel involved in planning by tracking to-do lists and enjoying rewards for consistent completion.
Family planners ensure that children, in particular, understand when parents and siblings are required to complete certain tasks as well as knowing where they will be.
They can feel reassured knowing that between identified hours of the day, mum and dad will be at work and at a certain time they will return home.
When home life is organised and consistent, children feel safe and secure while benefiting from structure.
Families that operate according to chaotic schedules are unable to teach children that life can be calmer if a little organisation and planning is implemented.
In homes where there is no routine, or designated space for completing tasks such as homework, children struggle to learn discipline and don’t nurture an ability to sit down and complete a practical assignment.
Children that fail to develop basic self-care routines, like brushing teeth or eating meals at agreed times, during this crucial stage of development will often have problems looking after themselves as young adults.
Structure is an integral part of teaching positive habits that will benefit children throughout their lives.
Weekly Planner for Autistic Children
Children with autism and other sensory processing difficulties can benefit from using a weekly planner such as the OurBoards Weekly Visual Timetable.
These types of planners create a predictable schedule that is visual and effective at keeping feelings of stress and unease at bay.
When there is a change in routine, or something unexpected happens, this predictability is thrown out the window and autistic children can quickly become upset, anxious and, in some instances, have a meltdown.
They often do not know what to expect, and how to plan for this new sensory experience, and fear sensory overload from new sounds, smells, sights, touch and movements.
In this instance, a family weekly planner board can identify both daily and weekly schedule changes that encourage autistic children to transition to, and feel more comfortable with, the events ahead.
OurBoards Weekly Visual Timetable is designed to accommodate the needs of autistic children by allowing the use of personalised photos.
According to Andrew Whitehouse, a specialist in neurological diversity and behaviour: “Photos and real-life images always make the best visual interventions for people with autism and other additional needs. Often they find generic images difficult to decode.”
At OurBoards, we support people facing challenges associated with understanding information by designing and manufacturing visual communication boards that help individuals to understand and manage their environment, thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
By using our Weekly Visual Timetable, children can use their own personalised images to help reduce anxieties over school, their morning routine, disruptions to schedule, transitions, changes to agreed activities such as what is planned for tea, medical appointments or social events.
Parents, carers, teachers and professionals have reported a significant reduction in meltdowns by using the Weekly Visual Timetable.
If you would like to find out more about our family weekly planner board, or any of OurBoards products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 0560 285 2493.
We are happy to help you find the right solution for your situation.