Behavior Instructional Tools. Students with special needs perform tasks better when they have access to visual cues. Occupational Therapists endorse the use of picture charts for children who have trouble performing daily tasks or chores. The picture charts help them organize their thoughts and concentrate on the individual steps needed to complete the task. Below are some examples of pictures charts that can be instrumental in helping you teach your child a specific task or skill.
Daily Schedule. Some students need structure in their day to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. This schedule chart can be customized to include your child's specific activities, such as: school, therapy, outings, meals, etc.
Routine Chart. Some children need reminders to help them carry out daily chores or tasks. This chart shows pictures that help the child see what needs to be done, in what order, and with what materials. This chart can be customized to display specific chores or daily routines that you are trying to teach your child.
Free Time / Reward Chart. We all like to concentrate on the rewards of hard work. So do children. This chart can be used to show children how to appropriately use free time. It can also motivate children to make good choices with the reward pictures, so that they can concentrate on the rewards of their hard work and good choices.
Extra Task Cards. Customized task cards can be made for all of the above charts. Daily schedules, how to projects - such as: morning routines, cleaning room, etc., and specific rewards - such as: candy, hugs, extra computer time can be developed for your child and specific needs.