Across the state of North Carolina in those early years, TEACCH collaborators realized that giving students meaningful information about what was expected of them during their school and home lives helped them tremendously. This knowledge lead to our teaching students to use and rely upon individual daily schedules. We discovered
6 reasons why individual schedules are so essential
1. Decreases behavioral issues
o Eases anxiety about what is expected
2. Increases flexibility
o Creates routines for changes
3. Increases on-task attention
o Teaches delaying engagement in peak interests
4. Increases independence
o Promotes knowing what to do without continual prompting
5. Encourages literacy
o Instructs comprehension and reaction to visual information, a precursor to reading
6. Increases abstract skills
o Educates how to manage time, make choices, and stay organized
Today, use of a schedule, a visual support system that helps students track their daily events, is considered an evidence-based practice.
Some Examples of Visual Schedules
|First/Then Schedule with Actual Objects First/Then Schedule with Concrete Photos|
|More Abstract Drawings/Part-Day Schedule Written Word/Part-Day Schedule|
You can probably tell that we think it is invaluable for every student with ASD to use individual daily schedules. Yet we are also aware that making these schedules for each student is time-consuming. As former teachers and consultants to teachers, Laurie, Kathy, and I are also aware of the constant demands on teachers’ time.
To bridge the gap between the desire to create schedules for students and utilize this acknowledged best practice yet having so little time actually to make them, we decided to offer pre-made, ready-to-cut-&-use
Visual Schedules: Early Learning Packs
These are designed for students in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary programs.
We are offering 3 different packs based on which visual cue best fits students’ developmental level of understanding and comprehension.
|Color Photos Black-and-White Line Drawings Written Words|
(Remember some students may need much practice using an actual object before being able to comprehend the meaning of any of these visual cues.)
The EARLY LEARNING PACK also includes
One large card for mounting in the activity area and 12 small cards for students to match in the center location.
We have made visual indicators for 18 different centers, such as blocks, computer, outside, circle time, teacher time, etc. plus 2 blank template pages for creating your own visual cues that will be specific to student’s classroom or home situation.
We know these cards need to be sturdy so they are already laminated for durability.
Additionally, the cards are easily adapted for inclusive settings.
If one of these time-saving packs (photos, B&W drawings, or written text) will help your students and you, please visit www.tasksgalore.com for more information.
Our planned release is Feb. 14 just in time for a special treat for the loving caregiver in your life!
Here are some informational resources about using schedules that we have found helpful.