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Autism: Summertime Tips for Families

How to encourage your child to stick to the schedule

For parents, it might be hard to enforce schedules for your child with autism. An interesting idea to keep kids engaged in their own routine is to have a type of reward system. For example, you can reward stickers for kids for every day they complete a full daily schedule as instructed. After earning a certain amount of stickers, they can use these earnings to trade for free time on the weekend. This reward system can help parents motivate their children to keep up with this scheduled routine. It also rewards children for their behavior and teaches them independence, since they feel they’ve earned the time to do their favorite activity.