March 16, 2020

A schedule is an anchor. The chaos of a day may swirl around it, but there is comfort in knowing what will happen at certain times.

With work and school closures, external schedules disappear. But it’s a creative opportunity to design a new, internal schedule.

What would you like to be doing every day – taking a walk, doing remote work, making progress on a passion project? If you’re someone who thrives on routine, pick specific times for each activity.

If your child thrives on routine, please don’t pick for them – instead, sit down together to invent a new daily routine. They can write it out with pictures, or you can help with that step but let them color it.

There’s no need to pack every minute of the day. In such challenging times, extra free time is a beautiful silver lining. But with predictable activities at consistent intervals, life feels a little more under control.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.