The Importance of Routine and Structure
Adults and children alike thrive in an environment of routine and structure and Sommerfly shares some tips to help keep a sense of order, focus, and routine in the home.

Sommerfly welcomes its first guest contributor, Joyce Johannis, who is a Speech and Language Pathologist. Joyce offers insights on routine in this guest blog.

We all function better with routine, schedules and structure in our lives and so do our children. When we provide ourselves and our children with structure, a sense of security and safety emerges. So I would like to talk about a few tips used to help children who have trouble listening and following directions. All of these structure tools mentioned will help to put children in the comfort zone. Most human beings feel very uncomfortable in chaos and disorder. Structure helps us achieve success and accomplishments. When we achieve things we experience feelings of pride and satisfaction.So if you use these following tips consistently with your children, you can look forward to improved behavior and better listening and following directions too. Here are part of my helpful tips. I will give you a few each week.

  1. Teach your child how to structure his environment like bins for toys, Visuals for chores and a visual schedule chart so he or she always knows what is coming next in their day.

  2. Give sincere praise and encouragement daily when things go well.

  3. Provides your children with 10 to 15 minutes of your sole attention each day.

  4. Keep a calm environment in your home( not too much TV, video games or loud music…..hand fidgets or mouth fidgets may be useful) to keep your child focused on conversation, reading or making projects.

Remember that it is expected for a child to misbehave sometimes but it should not be the norm. If your child has listening and attention issues, it is not a flaw but just a difference in how their body processes information and reacts to their environment. Our differences make us unique and beautiful as people. It is advised to keep negative talk to a minimum of course. I will have more helpful tips next week. There is no time like the present to give them a try. Enjoy your week!

Joyce Johannis, MS CCC SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist