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Helping your student establish and maintain a routine at home.



Create a Designated Learning Space

Designate a work or learning space in your home where where all the materials necessary for school are located, and where school activities can take place with minimal distraction.


Distinguish School Days From Weekends

Help your child distinguish school days from weekend days. The day will run more smoothly if your child has the expectation that their school days are different from their weekend days.


Use Visual &
Auditory Supports

Many students benefit from visual and auditory supports including visual schedules, to-do lists, First-Then boards, and timers.



Prepare a Schedule for
Your Student

Students do better when they know what activity is coming. Create a ”daily bell schedule” to prime your student for what activity or event is coming next.


Check-In With Your Student's Teacher & BCBA

Be sure to consult with us if there are behavioral challenges at home or if their behavior is impacting their ability to participate in distance learning.


Document Behavioral Information/Data

Be sure to document behavioral information so your student’s teacher and BCBA can work with you to help resolve any issues.


Attend Distance
Learning Classes

Ensure your student attends as many distance learning classes as possible to continue their academic growth and to meet IEP goals.


Provide Frequent
Sensory Breaks

Plan to give your student sensory breaks throughout the school day. This can help keep them focused and not overwhelmed.

Have a Behavioral
Plan for Your Student

Make sure to keep your student's behavioral plan nearby and refer to it is as often as needed.


Provide Positive Attention for Appropriate Behavior

During schoolwork, provide frequent positive attention by saying, "I like how you are sitting so nicely," or, "Good job holding your pencil." Though it may seem repetitive, if you see something  you like and want to encourage more of it, make sure to praise them!


Build Learning Objectives into Daily Routines

This will help enhance learning outside of scheduled instruction time. For example, you could ask them to count food items during mealtime. If your child is working on adaptive skills, putting laundry away, washing hands, or cooking might be appropriate.


Parents & Caregivers
Need Breaks Too

Taking care of yourself mentally and physically will allow you to better support your child’s growth and development. Go for a walk, connect with friends, or listen to music. Take advantage of small moments to enjoy a relaxing activity with apps such as Calm.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing a Home Routine

Routines promote positivity and predictability. These helpful step-by-step tips will show you how to create and carry out a routine at home. 

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