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:
|Playing with toys
||Playing with peers
||Going for a walk
||Playing in the park
|Taking a bath
||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
||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