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Dynamics Newsletter | Issue 108 June 2023
Routine is Key for Children with Autism

Understanding the BenefitsUnderstanding the Benefits
Routines bring structure and security to a child's life, especially for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A lack of routine can lead to anxiety, affecting their ability to engage in daily activities. Tailoring routines to a child's unique needs can support emotional regulation and understanding of situations. Caregivers should consider their child's preferences when establishing routines.

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Here are some tips which can be used when
implementing routines at home.

1. Include a Sensory Diet Plan
Meeting the sensory needs of children with ASD is crucial for their regulation, as they often experience challenges in sensory processing. Sensory activities can be helpful in channeling their energy and attention, whether they require calming input or energizing stimulation. Incorporating appropriate sensory activities throughout the day, rather than just one long play session, can be more effective. Consider the following examples of sensory diet activities that can be practiced in a home environment.

Physical activities are the easiest to start with for children who can tolerate movements better. They use large core muscles while inducing a good amount of sensory stimulation.

  • Animal walks e.g., bear walk, crab walk, frog jump, bunny hop, snake slither etc.
  • WheelBarrow Walk
  • Wheelbarrow walks
  • Riding bicycle/scooter
  • Running/playing catch
  • Jumping jacks
  • Wall push ups
  • Bouncing on a large gym ball
  • Pushing/pulling heavy objects
  • Deep pressure squishing with pillows or hugs


  • Play with dry textures
    e.g., playdough, theraputty, sand, dried beans, uncooked rice, chalk etc.
  • Play with messy textures
    e.g., water beads, flour, mud, paint, foam, slime, shaving cream
  • Play Favorite
  • Fidget toys
    e.g., stress ball, spinner


  • Noise cancelling headphones/earmuffs
  • Play favorite music on headphones/white noise

2. Use of Visual Supports/Schedules
Visual Support Schedule Visual supports are an effective tool for supporting children with ASD. They are easier to understand and identify than verbal or written instructions, particularly when a child is feeling tense or anxious. Different children respond to different types of visuals - some may benefit from images of their environment, while others may require concrete items such as a toothbrush or spoon. Creating a daily visual schedule with specific routines, like toothbrushing and mealtimes, can be helpful in reducing anxiety by providing a predictable sequence of events. By incorporating these visual aids, your child can better anticipate what will happen next, leading to a reduction in stress levels.

What does your child respond well to?

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