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When it comes to changes in routine, children with autism are not big fans. My son is now 10 years old, and I still keep forgetting that. Take Spring Break, for instance. Since there are 6 of us and money is always tight, we tend to stay local for our vacations. While the rest of my kids are thrilled to be out of school, my son always seems to be agitated. He thrives on his day-to-day routine. So, by the end of the week, we are all at a breaking point. I now tend to regard Spring Break as my own personal shot in the arm. A not-always-pleasant reminder to be prepared for summer. I think ahead to their long summer break and what activiities I need to plan for them to keep them busy. I have found if he gets out at least once every day, he is satisfied. Even if the activity is just going to an Occupational Therapy appointment or lunch at McDonald's. If it's planned and he is expecting it, he is less agitated and enjoys his downtime the rest of the day. This isn't to say we don't have our moments, but I have gotten better over the years anticipating potential disasters.