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Incorporating Visual Schedules At Home:

Updated: Feb 20

Written By Nicole Rice the Curriculum & Instruction Specialist-Autism



Visual schedules are a powerful tool in the lives of individuals with Autism. They provide a structured visual outline of daily activities to help ease transitions throughout the day. By creating a clear, visual roadmap of the day's activities, individuals with autism can better understand what to expect and prepare themselves mentally for each transition.  

 

Visual schedules offer a tangible way to organize tasks and activities, helping individuals with autism feel more in control. These schedules can take many forms, from simple picture cards to detailed calendars, depending on the individual's needs.  

 

When visual schedules are used at home, they create a supportive and predictable environment for your child. By offering a clear outline of the day’s events, you can reduce anxiety and meltdowns. To implement this tool, start by identifying your child’s daily routines and listing out everything from the moment they wake up to bedtime procedures. Be sure to include activities that your child enjoys to keep them motivated. Here is an example:   



Once you have created your schedule, use visuals that resonate with your child, like real-life pictures or symbols for each activity to keep them engaged. Choosing the right schedule can make a monumental difference in how your child interacts and can lead to a smoother, more peaceful day for everyone involved. 

 

By using visual schedules at home, you provide a clear structure for daily life that helps your child understand what to expect and when to expect it. Whether it's moving from breakfast to school, or from playtime to bedtime, visual schedules serve as steadfast companions, guiding individuals through the ebb and flow of daily life. By providing a visual roadmap of the day's activities, visual schedules reduce anxiety, improve independence, and create a more structured environment for individuals with autism to thrive. 

 

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