Healthy people organize their functions according to a daily routine. Children with Cerebral Palsy need to learn an optimal rhythm of life, too, if they would like to become active members of the society in the future. The daily routine of these children is exactly the same as that of healthy kids only the way of the implementation is different.
The daily routine is an educational tool of practice and also an educational issue. It is a system for defining habits and making clear the basic rules of behavior and actions and defining the modality of the programs at the same time. These things together will help to set up an active, rhythmical lifestyle.
During developing the daily routine conductors always keep in mind the specialties of the age-group, the personal problems, the state and the goals of the development. After measuring these things the conductors are able to compile the tasks series and place them in the appropriate daily routine.
The different set of tasks connects to each other, expands and is based on each other. The activities in the daily routine are always the same (washing hands, having breakfast, cleaning teeth…) but at the same time are alternate and require more and more time (at first the children wash hands at the table from a bowl, after they walk out to the bathroom, step up to a box and wash hands in the sink).
The different tasks are integrated and contain education and pedagogy together. They practice and try to achieve in the next daily activity what they learn in the task series.
Here are some examples to make it clear!
1. In the standing program they learn to crouch down what they can practice during toileting to sit down to the potty and also they learn to step up on a box what they can use during walking on stairs.
2. During sitting program: practicing holding and releasing. It could help them get experience with exploring different things at home or in the classroom. It helps them improve their cognitive skills as well.
3. During individual program: the children practice their individual tasks eg. one of them has difficulties to control his head movement so conductors give him tasks in lying position to lift his head up, in sitting position turn his head to both directions.