Every night up and down the country and all over the world people face the same problem again and again. The bedtime routine. If you are one these parents that can say
“Go to bed”
You child promptly goes up the stairs and gets into bed, then you are one of the lucky ones. If however, you are like me where it is a constant battle to get them into bed you will be able to relate with what I’m saying.`
Now throw into the mix a child who has autism and bedtime not only becomes a routine but also a ritual. Here is an example what I mean. Perkie’s routine i, he has to kiss each of us including the dog, then he stands at the door and says night. Five minutes later, he comes down for a glass of water which has to be in a green glass, I have to chase him back to bed like a race . His bed has to be a certain way and the main light has to be on, while he turns on his night-light. He then snuggles down the duvet just up to his chin. I switch the main light off and say good night.
Now Pinkie her routine is completely different, she goes to bed when Perkie does but she likes to read in bed. So I let her read for 15 minutes. Then I tell her to switch the light off. Then 5 minutes later
“I want a drink “, so we give her a drink.
Then, “I’m hungry “, so she has a quick snack.
Kisses everyone, then goes to bed. 10 minutes later,
“I’m scared ”
” No you’re not”, is my reply ” We have sprinkled the house with fairy dust.”
then eventually she goes back to bed and goes to sleep.
Some nights the routine does change its, when they seem to have problems switching off. I have found with my children that they don’t just seem to drift off to sleep, they can be awake one minute and then fast asleep the next almost as if a switch as been pressed.
Now it would be interesting if you shared your child’s bedtime routine, please feel free to comment below