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These train themed visual supports templates will be a gamechanger for you and your students! They are designed to be kept in a 3-ring binder that allows you to keep all the visual supports you need in one place. There are six different sets of binder covers with corresponding templates for daily schedules, so you can print customized visual support systems for up to six different students! This resource consists of the following:
♦ Cover page with line for you to write in student's name
♦ Blank Table of Contents page - being able to write in your own information allows you to individualize the content and order of resources for each binder
♦ Blank "Picture Parking Lot" pages to store picture cards - print as many as you need, attach pictures to the front and back of each page to save space!
♦ Labeled Divider pages - there's one for each type of resource
♦ First/Then & First/Then/Next boards - You can use the First/Then boards to help students understand that complying with a demand/request will result in a reinforcer. This is great for motivating students to engage in a non-preferred activity. Students also need to understand the concept of "first we will do this, then we will do that" before they can be taught to use a visual schedule that illustrates their daily routine. Once a student understands how the First/Then board works, you can extend the concept with the First/Then/Next boards and then move on to token boards or daily schedule boards.
♦ Choice Boards - Also a very versatile resource. You can help students learn to make choices using the 2-choice board, which are large enough to place objects on. Once a student can choose between two options, you can begin to use the other boards to help them choose from an array of 3, 4, or 6 choices. These boards are great for helping kids make their lunch choice, choose an appropriate break or leisure activity, choose a self-calming strategy when they are upset, choose a partner or staff member to work with.....the possibilities are endless!
♦ Token Boards - once a student understands the "first/then" concept, you can use token boards to show them exactly how many steps or activities they need to complete to earn their reinforcer. These token boards allow you a little more flexibility than the first/then boards because you only need a picture of the reinforcer (as opposed to pictures of each step/activity the student will do before they get their reinforcer), and each token board has spaces for up to 8 tokens. This allows you to break large activities such as whole group instruction or circle time into smaller, more discrete steps. It also allows you to provide a small amount of reinforcement for minor compliance behaviors as a means of motivating students to engage in non-preferred activities (e.g. 1st token for sitting down, 2nd token for opening your folder, 3rd token for completing the first question on the page, etc.) There are two template types included: 1) a flat board designed to be kept in a binder, and 2) a tripod easel designed to be left out on tables and workstations. The provided tokens can be used with either type.
♦ Communication Boards - these boards are designed to help students communicate their feelings as well as the reason why they are upset. The first board focuses on the student's health and sensory functioning, and allows the student to communicate if they are hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, have a headache, think it's too loud/bright/smelly, etc. The second board focuses on what is going on around the student, and is designed to help them communicate about something that happened that upset them. I used generic labels such as "hit" and "kick" instead of "hit me" or "kicked me" because the student may be just as upset about watching classmates hurt one another as they would be if a classmate hurt them personally.
♦ Calm Down Boards - these are very simple visuals that illustrate a 3-step calm-down strategy: 1) sit down, 2) take deep breaths, 3) let an adult know when they are ready to resume their previous activity. There is a print 'n go version (available in color and blackline) as well as a blank version you can personalize for students by adding your own pictures.
♦ Countdown Boards - these serve the same function as token boards. They allow you (or your student) to count down a sequence by flipping a number card down each time an activity or step is completed. When all the numbers have been flipped down, the student can get their reinforcer or go on to the next activity. Countdown boards are also great for giving students plenty of prior warning for transitions.
♦ Stoplight Boards - these work exactly like the countdown boards; you start with "green" and remove colors until you get to "red". The stoplight board may work better for young children or children who find the countdown boards too abstract.
♦ Templates for Activity & Wall Schedules - these aren't really meant to be stored in the binder, but I included them in this resource because they are an essential visual support for any special needs classroom. The activity schedule templates are only 1 page (2 templates per page), and come in vertical and horizontal options. The wall schedules are 3 pages (you just piece them together, then laminate the whole thing). There are 2 templates per page, and they come in both vertical and horizontal options.
What can you do with these binders? Here's a few ideas:
✔ Make an individualized binder for each of your students - you can keep the token & countdown boards in the binder's pocket for ease of access & use, and students can carry their binders with them as they move from one center or station to another.
✔ Make a few generic binders and keep them in strategic places in your classroom or therapy room (e.g. at the whiteboard so you'll have them for whole group instruction, at the table where you do small group instruction or discrete trials, etc.)
✔ Have students take a binder with them when they go to inclusion or therapy (speech, OT, PT. etc.)
✔ Send a binder home so parents can generalize the visual supports you've taught their child to use at school.
Does this product include pictures to use with the templates?
No, but I have two ready-to-print sets of pictures in my store! Just click the links below to browse:
Do you have other themed visual supports in your store?
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