My son thrives on routine and consistency, a fact which doesn't surprise anyone with a child who has special needs. He also really loves riding the bus. So much so, in fact, that he will dress himself in jeans, a shirt, socks and shoes, coat, hat, backpack, and harness (with my help) for bed so that he's ready the next morning. Now, this wasn't a big deal for a long time; he wore his shoes to bed once in a while (I could talk him out of the rest of the items) and it looked odd but never caused a problem. Lately, though, he won't let himself fall asleep because he's so concerned about the bus. One night he was awake, sobbing, until midnight. This is a problem. A big problem. For me.
So I e-mailed his speech pathologist and begged help, and she rallied to the cause in a big way. Here's what we came up with: