QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Each month, the staff of Pediatric Therapeutics will answer a
question asked by parents, professionals or patients.
This month’s query is: How do routines contribute to a sense of wellbeing and what can I do to get a few solid routines in place at home?
If there’s any month that brings talk about routine, it’s September. Whether you’re welcoming the first weeks of a new school year or saying your goodbyes to summer, or both, you’ve likely been giving some thought to how your days are shaping up. And that’s where routine, a sequence of actions regularly followed, comes in. We all need them, especially when sensory processing, sequencing, motor planning, motor control, executive function, language or anxiety are challenging for ourselves or a family member.
Routines can be beneficial or problematic. They can form naturally as we find, repeat, and build upon behavioral patterns that help us reach our goals, or they can be deliberately developed. Routines are of benefit to mind and body in many ways.
Here’s a dozen ways in which routines are helpful!