School Therapy Visuals Kit
Great for any student! It also works great as a support for students on the Autism Spectrum.
This kit was originally designed for speech therapy sessions but it also contains images and boards that will work for school-based/pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists, or counselors.
This kit is full of everything you need to provide visual support for your therapy sessions.
What you will get:
-Session schedule boards: 8 formats (with 3-6 tasks)
-2 first/then boards
-3 first/next/last board (3 colors)
-3 first/next/then/last board (3 colors)
-90+ images (broad schedule images, specific activities, miscellaneous, and schedule interruption images
-8 Token boards (4 colors) with 1-10 tasks and a variety of reinforcer symbols to choose from.
-18 visuals to help with therapy sessions (wait, sit down, stop, your turn, my turn, quiet voice, hands to yourself etc...)
How I Use
Session Schedules: I use session schedules with most of my students 1st grade and younger. I place the symbols that I need on the ‘plan’ side and then when we complete the activity I move (or have the students move) the picture to the ‘completed’ side. I teach the students that when all of the pictures are on the completed side, therapy is finished.
I organized the symbols in broad and specific lists. I often use the broad images to represent more activities in one. For example: I use the table work image to represent any activity we would do at the table (craft, worksheet, drill cards, coloring etc..). Some students may need the more specific activities listed, but I have found it is easier to manage the schedule if I use the broader symbols.
First/Then Boards: Some of my students need a first/then schedule to transition between activities in therapy. This is used to increase therapy participation. The “first” side is for the activity you want them complete and the “then” side is for a desired object or activity. You may need to make your own “then” symbols based on your students’ specific interests. I also included first/next/last & first/next/then/last boards for students who need step by step visual reinforcement (put the desired object/activity in the last box for these boards).
Lightning Bolt & Unexpected symbols: When something occurs (assembly, fire drill, lockdown drill, etc…) during therapy, I use the lightning bolt system. I place the lightning bolt symbol on the schedule and show the student the unexpected symbol. (I have pre-taught my students that lightning is unexpected and comes out of no where but things eventually go back to normal).
Token Boards: Sometimes students need a visual motivation to complete a task. Place the desired object/activity in the big square on the board. Determine how many tasks or trials need to be completed for the student to complete the task (1-10). After each task, the student will put a reinforcer symbol at the bottom of the board. When they have completed all of the tasks/trials, they get their desired object/activity. You may need to customize the desired object to the child’s specific interest.
Helpful Visuals: I sometimes need a visual to use during a therapy session. If I am working with one student and another student in the group is interrupting, I may just hold up the wait symbol so I don’t have to stop working with the other student. You can also hold up the “put your hand down” symbol if a student is raising their hand and distracting the group. Sometimes a visual is more powerful than words in these situations.
If you have any questions about this kit, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a free sample of the schedule on my blog that I originally shared in 2016 go to http://bit.ly/sessionvisualschedule to see it.