Monday, September 29, 2014

Visual Schedules in the ASD Classroom

"Evidence suggests that students with ASD struggle with unstructured time and benefit from the increased structure of a visual schedule."
Why implement a visual schedule in your classroom?

  • Improves receptive language
  • Expands child's interests
  • Increases flexibility
  • Reduces inappropriate behaviours caused by anxiety 
  • Transition tool 
  • Develops independence, organization - put it in the IEP! 

One schedule does not fit all, and just like any other teaching tool schedules need to be differentiated to fit the individual needs of each of your students. Don't make all your schedules look the same! Making a variety of different schedules (i.e. reading up/down, left/right) to help your students generalize this skill. Below are some examples of visual schedules I use in my ASD class:

A Master Schedule offers a quick glance for those students who can read from the board. It also helps staff stay organized and will let anyone know who walks into the room exactly what you are doing that day.

Individual Student Schedules

Schedule Wall

The Schedule Wall holds every student's individual visual schedule. I use the wall above to store PCS that are not being used. If you have some capable students who can help you set these up at the end of the day - it may be a good time to teach about "tomorrow" and prepare for the coming day. A shoutout to @andreahaefele for helping me make permanent/reusable schedule boards out of hardwood!

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