Habits and routines in children: why they are important


A routine is an acquired habit that pushes us to do a series of gestures in the same way continuously. A clear example would be the ritual of going to bed, brushing teeth, dinner… Following a routine implies great regularity, a certain repetition of gestures and/or the use of well-planned and well-known words and rules.

The routines can be transcribed into a visual support from the perspective of the child’s development. That is why they are very practical to learn to do things by oneself… But not only that! Normally, the fact of using visual routines is associated with the need for anticipation of people with TORCH. But did you know that habits and routines are useful for all children, whatever your specific need? We explain its benefits:

1. They provide a feeling of security and confidence

It is important to explain to the children what is going to happen, how the day will unfold. It helps them calm down and accept the different stages of the day that awaits them. Doing the same thing every night or every morning helps them feel safe. Over time it becomes a soft habit. Routines will also help gain independence and make everyday life more enjoyable for everyone.

2. They help manage and structure time

Routines structure the day based on known and recurring events. These events allow the child to place himself concretely in the space that represents a day. To go further in the construction of time, why not use a schedule to place the different routines of the day? and then we use a Time Timer to give duration indications for the routine in general or for each stage of this routine!

3. They limit conflicts and contribute to positive education

Try to, as much as possible, the child participates in the preparation of the visual support of the routine so that you assume it as soon as possible and more easily. For the completion of each stage you can be present to provide different types of help: oral, material, motor…


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4. They promote autonomy

By dividing a task into different micro-tasks, you make it more accessible for the child, in particular for a child with dyspraxia. At first, you may only be able to perform one task independently and need help with the rest. But progressively, he will learn to do all the gestures on his own. The routine is useful to help you in the sequence of first some gestures and then the others.

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