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It’s no secret- I love using visual supports in my therapy sessions and with my children, everyday. They really help to make information clearer and easier to understand – and isn’t that a beautiful thing?
A visual timetable can be a receptive communication aid, sure, it helps someone understand and follow a series or activities; but it is so much more than that. It is an opportunity to stretch attention spans, develop vocabulary, introduce and participate in non-preferred activities, teach before and after concepts, support literacy, and probably my favourite, support independence!
I’ve included a blank 4-part colour-coded routine board template for your use at home, school or in therapy sessions. The board can be used with your own line-drawn symbols or perhaps easier for some, photographs of real items.
Remember, not all students will be able to understand line-drawn symbols (think Boardmaker-esque), so having a Speech Pathologist confirm which symbol your student understands best, particularly when stressed, will be valuable information.
Simply add Velcro to the back of your symbols, the blank cells, and the finished cell per coloured row. Once an activity has been completed, move the symbol to the ‘finished’ box at the end of each row.