Speech Pathology News: Routines

Currently, your child is learning lots of new routines for their classroom. A routine is a series of steps we follow to complete daily tasks such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, having a bath.

Helping your child with a routine for packing their school bag is a great way to support your child with sequencing, working memory, using specific vocabulary. Try these activities to support your child with routines, language skills and developing independence:

MONDAY Have your child help you pack the school bag by passing the objects to the child and commenting as you do it. For example: “First, we put the lunch box in.”  “Next we put the drink bottle in. Then we put the hat in. Finally we put….”
TUESDAY Ask your child to put the first 2 things in their bag. “Put your lunch box and drink bottle in your bag”. You might need to support them to remember the other things they need. Give lots of encouragement.
WEDNESDAY Ask your child to put 3 or 4 items in their school bag. “Put your lunch box and drink bottle in your bag. Then put your hat and book in.” Give lots of encouragement for listening and remembering.
THURSDAY Ask your child to pack their bag on their own. Then go through the items together to check everything is there. Help your child put in any missed items. Give lots of encouragement for being independent and remembering.
FRIDAY Ask your child to pack their bag and then tell you what they have put in. Support them if they miss a step. Continue to use praise and encouragement for remembering and for being independent.