A visual schedule system for students with autism.
The zip file includes 8 charts in PDF format:
- Two picture horizontal chart
- Three picture horizontal chart
- Six picture horizontal chart
- Two picture vertical chart
- Three picture vertical chart
- Six picture vertical chart
- Picture and text combination schedule
You can see all of these on the preview file.
To use the charts, you'll put photos, pictures, or text representing activities for the student to complete. I like to attach the photos with Velcro and then have the student take them off the chart when the activity is finished. I also laminate the charts for durability. This also allows you to write on the charts with a dry erase marker if you're writing words on the schedule instead of using pictures.
If your student has never used a visual schedule before, start with the chart with two boxes. Choose a fast, easy activity for the first box and put a fun activity for the second box. This allows the student to get used to the idea of doing a work activity first and then getting to do a fun activity. Once you've practiced this a few times, you can do a longer activity before the "reward," and eventually add multiple activities before the reward.
Since students with autism are often visual learners, visual schedules are a helpful learning tool.