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Daily Schedule for Autistic Child and Tracking Process


Having a daily schedule is incredibly important for an Autistic child. We have talked previously about the importance of routines to your child as well as our tips to implement a daily routine. However, we have yet to lay out an example so that’s what we’ll be doing today!

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Example of Daily Schedule for Autistic Child

While your child’s daily schedule will be unique to your family’s needs, the general framework is relatively universal. 

Here is an example of a daily schedule for a child with autism who does not yet attend school:

7:00 AM Wake up

7:15 AM Brush teeth

7:20 AM Get dressed

8:00 AM Eat breakfast

9:00 AM Therapy

11:00 AM Free time

12:00 PM Have lunch

1:00 PM Play outdoors

1:45 PM Snack time

2:00 PM Craft time

3:00 PM Free time

5:00 PM Eat dinner

6:00 PM Screen time

7:00 PM Bath time

7:45 PM Brush teeth

8:00 PM Bedtime

And here is an example of a daily schedule for a child with autism who does attend school:

7:00 AM Wake up

7:15 AM Brush teeth

7:20 AM Get dressed, eat breakfast, head to school

8:00 AM Arrive at school

9:00- 11:30 AM School activities

11:30 - 12:00 PM Therapy

12:00 PM Have lunch

1:00 - 3:30 PM School activities

3:30 - 4 PM After School activities

4:30 PM Head home or catch bus

5:00 PM Eat dinner

6:00 PM Screen time

7:00 PM Bath time

7:45 PM Brush teeth

8:00 PM Bedtime

Tracking Progress of Routines

Understanding a child’s progress is incredibly important. Luckily, daily routines make progress tracking very easy.

Each task in a daily routine can be considered a goal. And each goal has several micro-goals linked to it. One goal leads to the next. Not only does this tiered routine tracking help parents stay organized in the midst of their own busy schedules and easily ascertain areas that might need greater attention, but it also can provide positive reinforcement to the children on an ongoing basis and gamify the routine.

This concept of gamification is particularly useful. While not much really changes with the routine itself day-to-day, the achievements do. They are a clear sign of progression and can encourage children to engage.

So in that sense, a daily routine can be treated as a game that parents and their children play together. When you look at it like that it doesn’t seem so monotonous after all.

Editor's note: This information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as needed, with a qualified healthcare provider and/or BCBA.

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