Description: This is a set of 3 picture schedule boards: morning (Get Ready to Go), after school (Welcome Home! It’s time to…), and evening (Get Ready for Bed). There is room for four steps on each board, with a START and FINISHED column so the child can move one step at a time. Print, laminate, and keep the boards in a useful location in the home, such as in the child’s bedroom (morning and evening routines) or on the refrigerator (after school). You can even print the morning/evening routines on the same sheet, front and back, for easier access. There are 36 picture symbols to choose from, depending on the age and skills of the child:
Symbols: Playtime, wash hair, brush hair, snack, potty / use the toilet, computer / iPad, “dad comes home”, Bible study, outside time (park), speech therapy, special activity, leave (the house), breakfast, school, snack, sleep, time to go, nap, watch TV, read book, dinner, take a bath, clean up toys, lunch, get dressed, school, Starbucks, restaurant, board game, card game, homework, take a shower, read a book
Inspiration: A boy with autism needed more structure in his routines at home. Getting ready for school was a big challenge, so we created the “Ready to Go” board to help him step-by-step. After school, there was very little structure in the home, which was difficult since he had a very structured day at school. At home, he would sit on his iPad for hours. The “Welcome Home” board was used to give step-by-step activities to keep him engaged for the rest of the day. Finally, the “Get Ready for Bed” board was used to end his day with a set routine.
Targeted Group: The picture schedule boards are appropriate for typically-developing toddlers and late talkers and children of all ages who have autism or other developmental delays or disabilities. These are designed for use in the home, so parents, caregivers, or therapists can help structure the child’s daily routines outside of the school environment.
Use: Keep the picture symbols in a place that is easy to find and easy to access (Super Duper Inc. sold extra small communication books that worked really well). Keep the boards in a functional location, such as on the wall in the child’s room or in the kitchen. Walk the child step-by-step through the schedule, moving one symbol from START to FINISHED as the child completes each step.
Directions: You will need a color printer with ink, copy paper or cardstock (more sturdy), and a laminator.
• Print the boards and symbols in color.
• Laminate the boards and symbols.
• Add male and female Velcro pieces to the boards/symbols.
Created by Kate Shepard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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