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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
12:06 PM | Posted by Recoveryfromautism | | Edit Post
Establish a routine and create healthy habits for your ADHD/High Functioning ASD child.
Read below to find a partial list of rules suggested by Dr. Robert Melillo, creator and co-founder of the Brain Balance Program and author of Reconnected Kids.
While they can be modified to fit your family, these rules are a great starting place for helping your ADHD /High Functioning ASD child succeed:
- Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off.
- Get fully dressed. pants, shirt, socks, and shoes before breakfast.
- Eat a healthy breakfast, take vitamins.
- Check backpack to make sure nothing is missing.
- Add lunch or make sure you have lunch money.
- Get to school on time and attend each class promptly.
- Sit near the front in each class, be attentive and respectful, ask questions, and take detailed notes.
- After school, go immediately to scheduled activity or go directly home.
- Eat a healthy snack after getting home and start homework.
- There is no TV or computer time until all homework is done.
- Homework is to be done at the kitchen table or in the library only.
- No iPod, music, phone, social networking, or texting is allowed while doing homework.
- After homework is complete and checked by a parent, you may have free time. When weather is nice, free time must take place outdoors until it starts to get dark or dinner is called.
- Screen time, television, computer, video games is limited to one hour, fifteen minutes each weekday, and two and a half hours per day on weekends.
- Extra screen time must be earned.
- Come in for dinner immediately when called.
- The family will eat together when possible. Each family member will wait for everyone to be finished before getting up from the table. Don’t ask to be excused without a good reason.
- Prepare backpack and select the next day’s wardrobe before bedtime.
- Set a non-negotiable bedtime during the week.
- Set an appropriate weekend and holiday bedtime, and allow extra time to be earned.
- Set a curfew that must be kept. No excuses!
- Set a time limit for phone calls, texting, and social media if applicable.
- Treat and speak to others with respect, and always clean up after yourself.
- Study for at least two days before a test.
- All projects will be completed a day before they are due.
- Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00 is family meeting hour.
- Nothing else is scheduled during that time.
- Every Sunday each family member will write an action plan for the week.