DOI link for Morning Routines
Morning Routines book
Mornings are hectic for families. Children need to get up, get dressed, have breakfast, and organize their school supplies. Developing habits and routines that allow for smooth orchestration of these activities is the key to a low-stress, smooth start of a day. The short time frame for many morning routines can exacerbate family stress. Providing deep pressure and proprioception can help children feel more centered or organized in their bodies. Chores give a child the opportunity to learn good habits, to practice frustration tolerance, and to help the family. One chore children with sensory issues can take on is helping with meal preparation. Even very young children can pack their own lunches with a bit of help from a parent. Being organized is the key. Sometimes the oddest things make a difference. For Rondalyn’s older son, who was very sensitive to taste and touch in the mouth, brushing his teeth was a very difficult activity, a potential battle each morning.