This kit is full of everything you need to provide visual support for your therapy sessions. Now includes a Digital Google Slides Option for teletherapy/distance learning (digital version includes some of the same symbols as the print version and new symbols for digital schedules).
It 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 set can be used in other settings such as clinics and home health, depending on what activities you do in those settings. See the preview for some ideas of what is included.
What you will get:
✔ Session schedule boards: 8 formats (with 3-6 tasks)
✔ 2 first/then boards (please do not use these to withhold desired options, I use these as mini session schedules to help transition between two therapy activities).
✔ 3 first/next/last board (3 colors)
✔ 3 first/next/then/last board (3 colors)
✔ 100+ 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 (again, use with caution and do not withhold desired objects, I personally do not use token boards with students)
✔ 18 visuals to help with therapy sessions
✔ Feelings Visuals (I feel/I need). Included 30 picture symbols
✔ A Google Slides version with moveable pieces to use digitally (not all of the symbols are included with the Google slides version, I included activities that you will most likely use in a digital setting) *** Please note: it does not contain all the images from the print version, please don't contact me to add images to the digital version. The images included in the digital version are as follows:
Music, Speech Sounds, Video, Coloring, Game Time, Worksheet, Work, Play time, Vocabulary, Puppets, Group, Show and Tell, Story time, Flash cards, game, toys, snack, iPad, reward, occupational therapy, play, clean up, nurse's office, physical therapy, bubbles, play dough, puzzle, book, outside, take a break, building bricks, music, go back to class, hello, goodbye, social distance, wear a mask, quarantine at home, school at home, lunch in classroom
***Please note: When working with students, it is important to follow their lead, don't be rigid with the use of visual schedules, use them more as a guide. Not all children learn the same way (neurodiverse) and need support for the way they learn.
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 Schedules: This should not be used with withhold a desired activity (this does not support neurodiverse learners). You can use these for a mini activity schedule to reduce transition anxiety between activities. Be flexible, if the student wants the other object first, follow their lead and just switch them!
→ 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).
→ "I am Working For..." Boards or token boards. The students place tokens on a board as they complete activities. When the board is full, they get their reward. Use this system with caution, you want to support your nuerodiverse students and withholding desired objects is not a good idea. UPDATE: I no longer use token boards in my therapy sessions. I believe that compliance based systems are not supporitve of neurodiverse students. I tried to build my lessons and plans off of their interests.
→ 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.
→ I feel/I need visuals: I created these to use with students who have difficulty communicating when they are upset or frustrated. They can also be used with any child who needs the visual support. Choose the symbol you need for your students (I provided a wide range for various needs). Place the I feel pictures under the “I feel” heading. Place the I need pictures under the “I need” heading. When the student becomes upset present the board for them to choose what is wrong (they can place it in the blank box, however that is not required). You can then prompt them to choose what they need. This may take some modeling and continued use for the students to use this independently.
If you have any questions about this kit, please email me at email@example.com. 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.
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