Can you explain the significance of a routine from an autistic viewpoint in detail?
I’ll do my best to explain the significance of routines for me, but please keep in mind that all autistic people are different and that the significance of routines for me may be very different from that of another autistic person.
Routines are safety and security. Routines are order in a world of chaos. In a world that is so often too loud, too bright, too rough, too much, routines are a stable place to stand within the storm. Routines bring me peace and comfort. A routine is predictable, it is familiar, it is a constant when nothing else is.
As someone with executive dysfunction, routines take a lot of effort out of my day. Trying to take care of basic self care is almost impossible for me if not part of a routine. I am forgetful and figuring out how to do what should be simple tasks can take a lot of effort when my brain forgets the steps. Routines allow me to go on auto-pilot and do everything I need to effectively.
Autistic followers, reblog or reply if you want to share the significance of routines for you!