It is important to establish a work time and choice time routine. Students with autism and other disabilities may have rigid patterns of thinking. Their tendency to follow rules and routines can cause challenges for adaptive functioning, including daily living skills, communication, and social interactions. Students may insist upon the same routine or environment and be upset or even have an emotional meltdown if there is no daily routine or predictability. However, this characteristic can be applied in a positive way. Set routines can provide a sense of consistency and predictability and can often be used as a framework for the rest of the day. Routines can be a positive learning experience for all children, they provide opportunities for educators to empower and interact with children in relation to their daily experiences. When routines are not in place it can be a source of stress, frustration, and anxiety for children with disabilities
This lesson contains a work time/choice time routine social story. Students will complete the social story by filling in blank items.
1. Students will create a personal social story about work time and choice time.
2. Students will understand the difference between work time and choice time.
3. Students will actively establish a work time and choice time routine.