A recent article on Disability Scoop discusses a widespread truth among intellectually and developmentally disabled adults—that many do not have any routine vocational, educational, or recreational activities in their lives, leading to increased difficulty for these individuals and their families.
Many people believe that routine is the best way to help individuals with special needs live more fulfilling lives. While providing care for an adult on the low-functioning autistic scale, I saw this first hand. The individual's mother stressed the importance of keeping her daughter active and, though at times difficult, keeping to a schedule improved the quality of her life and lessened the severity of her occasional outbursts.
For those parents of intellectually or developmentally disabled students, instilling a sense of routine in your child can help her later in life, guiding her to stay active when she will have more independence and choice in her life, a time when inactivity may seem to be an easier and favorable option.