This is a playground schedule / script. The student chooses from a selection of pictures (or written names) of their peers to "pick a friend." Then, he or she picks an activity like jump rope, swinging, etc. And then the student can choose what he or she wants to do when his "work" of playing with peers is done as a reinforcer. Then the student takes the chart and can go to the first peer (Chelsea) and say, "Chelsea, let's go jump rope" to invite Chelsea to play. When he is done playing with Chelsea, he says "Colin, let's go swing." When swinging is done, he asks Celia "let's go slide." When he done playing with 3 peers, he gets to go kick the ball (or another favorite activities). For instance, I used to work with a student whose reinforcer was to go and blow on the dandelions on the hill which she loved. We used to keep her schedule with an adult and she would go back to that adult in between to see the schedule. She didn't need to take it with her to read it to a peer, because she could remember what to say. However, some students will need to take it up to the peer and read it. The pictures make a bit easier for students who are nonreaders but your students may need some extra visual cues for the "let's go" that you can add if needed.
You can use a timer for the length of time each interaction should last or count how many times he / she has to do the activity (e.g., 5 times down the slide). You can use a social story to introduce the parameters if that would be helpful to your student. You should start with short time periods and as the student is successful you can increase the times. You also want to make sure that you have prepped and trained the peers so they know how to support the student at different activities. And finally this isn't a magic bullet-- you will have to provide some support, especially at first, to help the student be successful. However, it does give a tool to structure one of the less structured times of the day and to help your student with ASD become a bit more independent on the playground.
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Playground Schedule by Christine Reeve copyrighted 2013.
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