Routine helps the Asperger’s Disorder child move through the world in a predictable way without having to mentally and emotionally face the unexpected.
This is more necessary for the Asperger’s Disorder child than the average child. Most of us like predictability. We don’t like the unexpected. We are creatures of habit who find comfort in the familiar. We go to the same grocery, gym, and post office, and drive the same route to work. Imagine that your grocery was demolished overnight, your gym closed down, and the freeway was closed with no detour signs. Changes in the Asperger’s Disorder child’s daily routine feel like this to him every day. Unpredictable changes for the Asperger’s Disorder child are like an adult going out to the garage and finding out his car has been replaced by a unicycle.
The Asperger’s Disorder child’s brain is like a computer that can only run one program at a time. Our computers can run the Internet, a word processing program, and a photo editing program all at the same time. The Asperger’s Disorder child cannot do this. His computer will crash if the file he is using is interrupted by another file opening unexpectedly.