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Spring 2014

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Editor Letter EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jonathan Rossell



EDITORIAL ADVISOR Dr. Joseph Coppolo Jr.

EXEC. ACCOUNTANT Laura Paternostro

DESIGNER Jonathan Rossell


Spring has finally sprung and many of us will participate in a tradition known as spring cleaning! Spring cleaning is very symbolic to the changes that occur in our lives around this time; the time goes forward, days seem longer, trees grow leaves, and most importantly, the temperature rises. These seasonal changes occur throughout a short period of time and most people are able to cope with these changes. Some individuals use routines and schedules to help cope with change. Developing routines gives the opportunity to prepare for change, make necessary adjustments, and alleviate the stress that comes with it. There are many ways to develop and properly use a routine, especially in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. There are many helpful ways to establish routines including picture activity schedules and other written schedules as well as the use of communication devices and communication applications on smartphones or tablets. Check out our articles for more information on routines and schedules, the benefits of routines, and insight from a participant of the On Your Mark Day Hab Program. Easter and Passover, other Spring traditions, can be a fun time for parents and children alike. At times it may be difficult for our individuals to participate in holiday events, but there are many creative ways to modify activities and events to make it fun for everyone! Check out the articles on pages 4 & 14 for more details on how to everyone in your Easter and Passover fun! For more information visit or email us at!

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Routines Help Children With Special Needs. By: Peter Keren


should guide caregive all have routines in our daily lives. Many of us ers on ways “to help wake up in the morning, make coffee, take a facilitate their child’s shower, get dressed and eat breakfast before heading to development based work. A routine is a plan for the flow of your day more than a on each family and rigid schedule for every minute of the day. Developing, child’s individual maintaining and executing an effective routine helps adults needs,” said Soranhave a productive day. In the same vein, children thrive in no, who has worked an ordered and predictable home environment, where their at FCLC for seven care-givers approach daily routines, such as mealtimes, years. Soranno said sleep times, eating, playing and toileting, with predictability. that routines can help Routines are where young children do most (if not all!) of “influence a child’s their learning. emotional, cognitive, and social develop“Routines…are really important for all children,” said Magment” and she believes that routines can particularly aid gie Collins, who has worked at the Family Child Learning children in understanding and learning to use language, Center for nine years as an Early Intervention Specialist, through the adult’s use of providing simple, predictable “We want children to feel comfortable in their routines so phrases for each step of a routine as they are performed in they can learn and grow up to their fullest potential.” Collins the home (“Brush teeth,” “Diaper on”). Soranno added, “It noted that, due to their repetitive and consistent nature, doesn’t matter what the phrase is, as long as it’s the same routines are particularly helpful for children with special phrase every time.” For each routine, Collins said children needs. “Having consistent routines helps a child have more would begin to anticipate the “routine and the language asopportunities to learn,” said Collins. “Sometimes, children sociated with it and they are more likely to imitate and use with special needs can benefit from the additional practice. those words first.” When Collins executes routines with her The best thing about opportunities during daily routines is 2-year-old-daughter Molly (who has unilateral hearing loss), that they are naturally occurring times that happen daily in she is “very, very aware…about language in the routine.” the natural rhythms of a child’s own home life.” Learning to Not just because of the language associated with the rouuse and understand language, gaining a sense of security tines but other functions of language, such as listening and and stability, building self confidence, anticipating daily following directions, said Collins. events and transitions, and even decreasing challenging behaviors are some of the benefits of effective routines, Additionally, routines allow children to not only hear the according to Collins and Amy Soranno, who is also an Early same words repeatedly, but it can help ease their anxiety Intervention Specialist at Family Child Learning Center. The when they are able to predict the next activity in their day, pair works with families who have children ages birth to 3 said Collins. “It helps calm and regulate children when they with developmental delays and diagnosed disabilities. know what the future holds,” added Soranno. In this way, routines can be reassuring as they The mission of Early Intervenhelp children anticipate what is tion is to “assist family memcoming next. bers and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and developAlong with feelings of security durment through everyday learning ing routines comes a corresponding opportunities” (OSEP Communiincrease in pride and accomplishty of Practice, 2008). In other ment that develops through repeatwords, Early Intervention should edly engaging and successfully perfocus on routines! The profesforming in parts of their daily rousionals working with the child tine. For example, if a child strug-



gles with teeth brushing one day, but is able to have repeated opportunities and practice this same activity day after day, over time the child will begin to gain more independence and pride from being more and more successful. Soranno noted that she and Collins spend a great deal of time with caregivers discussing with them what their daily routines already look like. Soranno explained that once she and Collins “better understand what a family’s routine consists of, they can help the family modify the routine within the context of the family’s current needs and priorities.” If a family is struggling with bedtime, the FCLC Early Intervention Specialist would have conversations with the family Six Benefits of Using Routines about what bedtime looks like currently and how the family might try to change the routine so it goes more smoothly Taken from Dr. Laura Mark-ham’s website: and can be more effective for the family, al-lowing the child to learn new skills. 1. Routines eliminate power struggles because you aren't Collins emphasized that a challenge for all parents of chilbossing them around. This activity (brushing teeth, napping, dren with special needs is to engage in daily routines that turning off the TV to come to dinner) is just what we do at provide consistency and security, yet also remain flexible this time of day. The parent stops being the bad guy, and and responsive to the individual nagging is greatly reduced. needs of their family life and 2. Routines help kids cooperate by reducing stress and anxchild. With her own family, Soranno said she lives “by iety for everyone. We all know what comes next, we get fair the clock” while engag- warning for transitions, and no one feels pushed around. ing in her daily routines. Collins explained she finds herself a little less by the clock but “has a predictable and set daily schedule.” Both emphasized that there is not a set template for carrying out routines. Parents should do what works for them and their children based on their family’s goals and needs. Collins added that it is key for early intervention professionals to work with parents in a collaborative manner to fine-tune their already existing routines rather than changing the style and personality of each individual family. Together, professionals and parents can adapt the family’s already existing routines to both match the child’s developmental level and provide the child with a predictable framework that will allow him or her to achieve his fullest potential. Families can provide increased opportunities to their children for learning that is reflective of their already existing daily lives.

3. Routines help kids learn to take charge of their own activities. Over time, kids learn to brush their teeth, pack their backpacks, etc., without constant reminders. Kids love being in charge of themselves. This feeling increases their sense of mastery and competence. Kids who feel more independent and in charge of themselves have less need to rebel and be oppositional. 4. Kids learn the concept of "looking forward" to things they enjoy, which is an important part of making a happy accommodation with the demands of a schedule. He may want to go to the playground now, but he can learn that we al ways go to the playground in the afternoon, and he can look forward to it then. 5. Regular routines help kids get on a schedule, so that they fall asleep more easily at night. 6. Schedules help parents maintain consistency in expectations. If every-thing is a fight, parents end up settling: more TV, skip brushing teeth for tonight, etc. With a routine, parents are more likely to stick to healthy expectations for everyone in the family, because that's just the way we do things in our household. The result: a family with healthy habits, where everything runs more smoothly!



Written By: Kevin Wismer

Through Their Eyes Kevin Wismer, a participant at the On Your Mark Day Habilitation Program on Staten Island, shares his take on routines and how they allow him to overcome daily life obstacles and changes.


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 Jewish Community Center of S.I.

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 A Very Special Place

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United Cerebral Palsy/NYC

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212-741-0100 1 Whitehall St 9th Fl New York, NY 10004

718-442-6006 281 Port Richmond Ave Staten Island, NY 10302

Crossroads Unlimited, Inc. 718-420-6330

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Information based on agency websites and subject to change without notice. Inclusion Time and/or On Your Mark is not affiliated with or does not endorse any other agencies practices or beliefs. Inclusion Time is not liable for negative encounters or experiences that may occur.



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