Changes in Routine

It is raining and you can’t go outside for recess. Use the word “SURPRISE” to explain a change in routine.

Let’s face it, things happen.  Most students love going on the playground during recess, but occasional bad weather is inevitable. For most children with autism, missing a preferred activity, or finding out about a change in their routine, can be overwhelming and trigger a meltdown. When this happens, try using the word “surprise” to explain a schedule change. “Surprise class! It’s raining.  We are going to play in the gym today.”

In addition, when there is a change such as a cancelled activity or class, your student may think that he will never get to go to that activity again. You can respect his needs by letting him know the change is just for today!

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