Routine Activities and Authentic Assessments

What are Routine Activities?

  • Routine activities are what the child and family normally do during the day.
  • Each family has its own routines.
  • Each family decides whether a certain routine activity is an opportunity for their child to learn, and therefore a time for intervention. These routines are identified in the functional outcomes of their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

What are Authentic Assessments?

  • Authentic assessments are when interventionists observe the child in his/her routine activities, and interview family members and other important adults, to determine how each family engages in a routine activity.
  • Authentic assessments enable interventionists to gather information about children’s strengths, needs, and interests, as well as the impact of their social and physical environments on their everyday routines.
  • By gathering this information, interventionists can collaborate with the family to create activities/strategies that respect the family’s culture, style and characteristics.

Routine activities include:

HomeChild careCommunity
Playing with toys Playing with peers Going for a walk
Eating Eating Playing in the park
Taking a bath Playing outside  Shopping 
Reading stories Putting on/taking off coat or jacket  Listening to a story at the library
Feeding a pet Engaging in messy play Riding the bus/subway
Getting dressed Changing diapers Swimming at the JCC
Playing with other children in the building Saying goodbye/hello at drop off/pick up Hanging out at the barber shop/beauty salon