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Speed Monitor: Visual Guide for Work and Activity Pacing (Austim, Aspergers, ADHD)
Do you have students who need extra motivation and strategies to keep up with the group or slow down and process? The Speed Monitor is an effective tool for both general education students and students with learning disabilities including autism. Pages with picture icons of animals and modes of transportation and text define five different levels of speed. Color coded columns mimic a traffic light and open dialog to discuss what is an appropriate pace for a given activity. These leveled monitors help students more fully understand the importance of speed and what they need to do to be successful and involved in groups.
Choose which size of chart to use, a full page chart in larger font, a smaller more mobile chart or a smaller chart with extra descriptors. I use these for students to keep at their work areas, in their folders or even wear on a lanyard around the neck. Glue the printed chart on construction paper or cardstock. Laminate and cut out. Use the supplied arrow and tape it to a clothespin. This allows the teacher, parent or student to move the arrow to the appropriate time category. If a clothespin is too cumbersome, use a paperclip to easily move around.