Promoting Positive Behaviors in Children: Creating a Visual Routine Board in Art Therapy

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Promoting Positive Behaviors in Children: Creating a Visual Routine Board in Art Therapy

A daily routine is an important part of a child’s life. It helps them develop a sense of normalcy and stability, and can also impact their behavior and academic performance. A daily routine can help them feel more in control of their lives, and it can help them to stay organized and on track.  They also allow children to know what to expect each day, helping them feel more secure.

Strategies for Promoting Positive Behaviors in Children

While it may seem difficult to establish a routine for kids, it’s not impossible. There are many simple strategies that can be used to help children develop a daily routine. In this article, we will discuss five of the most effective strategies. 

  1. Establish clear rules and expectations.

One of the most important things you can do to help your child develop a routine is to set rules and stick to them. Establish clear guidelines and expectations for your child, and make sure that you enforce them consistently.  This includes setting ground rules for things such as bedtime, homework time, and screen time.

  1. Encourage your children to participate in the creation of their routine and learn to respect your children’s individual needs and preferences.

As you and your child are brainstorming ideas for a practical routine, you may want to consider these important factors as part of the routine structure:

  • Establish a regular bedtime and wake-up time.
  • Have a set routine for meals and snacks.
  • Establish regular chores and homework times.
  • Encourage your child to get dressed on their own every morning.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime ritual, such as singing lullabies and reading together.
  1. Create a visual schedule.

A visual schedule can be very helpful in getting children to follow a routine. You can create one yourself or find one online that you can tailor to your child’s specific needs.  Check out our art therapy blog post for ideas on creating a visual routine board that can be a fun and engaging activity for you and your child to work on together.  Once you create the visual schedule, you can place it in an area where your child can view it and return to it for visual reminders of what they might need to do next or what they can expect throughout the day.

  1. Help your children to stick to their routine by providing positive reinforcement.

A key element to maintaining a healthy routine is consistency. The routine should be followed as closely as possible each day, so that the child knows what to expect. This will help them to feel more in control of their lives, and it will also help them to develop good habits.  You can help your child stick to their routine by positively reinforcing their behaviors- that means noticing when they are doing something well and praising this behavior with positive feedback, high fives, and words of encouragement.

  1. Be patient and flexible as your children transition to their new routine.

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