Interactive Activity Visual Schedule for Occupational Therapists & Educators

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Interactive Activity Schedule for Occupational Therapists & Educators

This product can be used by Occupational Therapists, Home Educators, Early Childhood Educators and other therapists, as a visual schedule to assist children with transitions, task completion, attention and reducing anxiety.

Many young children and children with special needs prefer things to stay the same, especially their routines. The use of visual supports, specifically visual timetables and schedules, can decrease anxiety and increase understanding in children.

Why use a timetable or schedule?
When children prefer routine and same-ness they can become anxious when they do not know what is going to happen next or what to expect throughout the day. Timetables and schedules can provide structure and information about what is going to happen, allay fears and uncertainties, and allow the child to participate more fully throughout the day.
Clear timetables and schedules:
o Tell the child what's happening next
o Help the child transition from one activity to another
o Help the child with organising and attending
o Help to increase the child's motivation to participate in a range of activities
o Help to structure the child's day

How do I use a timetable in my setting?
o Depict the important parts of the day in chronological sequence (either vertically or horizontally)

o Discuss each of the activities with the child at the beginning of the session/day. Highlight any activities that are likely to change (due to weather conditions, for example), to prepare the child for the possibility of a change in routine

o As each activity has been completed, remove it from the schedule board and place it in a "finished" pocket, place on the 'done' column or cover up with a 'done' flap.

o NB: If an activity on the schedule is changed, do not remove it from the schedule board. Instead, put a "X " sign over the activity, and place the replacement activity alongside or underneath the original picture

This Download includes:
- A variety of 80 symbols
- A to-do/done schedule board template
- A Flip-board template
- A 'I want', 'First-Then' & "First-Next-Then' Card
- Instructions on how to create and use visual schedule

Symbols include: maze, dot-to-dot, draw, handwriting, playdough, letters, easel, shapes, shape sorter, crayon, iPad, scissors, scooterboard, hammock swing, Mr Potato Head, craft, table work, Magna-Doodle, throwing, cars, train, ring stack, pop-up toy, tidy up, bounce on ball, lie on ball, puzzle, Lego, painting, messy play, goodbye, toilet, play, play in sand, water play, spray, finger games, lacing cards, threading, jumping, trampoline, obstacle course, theraputty, body sock, therapy swing, swing, platform swing, memory game, ball, roll, skipping, ramp, jumping jack, pattern blocks, blocks, matching, copying game, listening game, little people, game, marble tower, marbles, fishing, balloon, buttons, bubbles, play set, Connect 4, stickers, brain break, crawl, sit on ball, pop-beads, tie shoe, shaving cream, book, animal walks, clothes peg, sit at table

Feel free to add your own pictures and symbols to the routines to adapt to your situations. If you would like a specific symbol for your situation, feel free to contact me at and I will hopefully be able to source one for you.

Hope you enjoy this product
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