Helping my #autistic son manage his own routine and schedule

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One of the things I really need to invest more time into is helping Gavin manage his routine. He does pretty good with major things like brushing his teeth or taking his meds. That’s a awesome because those are both very important things.

The stuff he really struggles with is everything in between.

He so easily loses track or time or gets lost in what he’s doing. He’s been telling me lately that his imagination takes over.


Gavin needs frequent reminders in order to stay on task and not drift too far off course. I mentioned before that I’m using visual prompts and check lists to help him remember but I’m always looking for better ways to help him navigate life.

Sure, it’s fun laminating things but there’s no point if they don’t help him.

I’m trying something new. It’s called Goally and I’ve only had it in my possession for about 2 weeks, the last week of which was taken over by school related issues.

It’s a device that helps keep kids on a functional schedule and routine. What I’ve seen so far is pretty amazing. Gavin and I are building a schedule that will help him maintain his independence and reduce the amount of micromanagement I have to take part in. I hate micromanaging and I’m really hoping this helps.

While I’ve not reviewed this yet, it has very high ratings. If you can’t wait for the review, you can check it out at They did give me a coupon code that will give you free shipping, should you decide to take the plunge. The code is theautismdad.

If you do try this, please let me know your experience and I will update you as well with mine.

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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