What is a Visual schedule and how do I teach it?
Modified on: Mon, 25 Jan, 2021 at 7:21 PM
A Visual Schedule is a visual representation of a sequence of activities or events. It is a very useful strategy that can be used to help children who find it challenging to manage their activities and time. The strategy is especially useful for children with ASD, who process images much better.
Visual schedule for Daily routine
Note: The above folder and screenshot is taken from Avaz India app
You can explain the sequence of activities for the day, so the learner is better prepared for the day ahead. As and when an activity is completed, show how they can move to the next activity or task in sequence. Example:
"Now you have finished brushing your teeth, next is to go to the toilet."
"After your bath, you have to wear your clothes."
More examples of visual schedules
1. Weekend routine
2. Classroom routine
Changes from the routine
If there is any change from the daily routine, you can use Visual schedules in advance to help prepare your child for the sequence of activities that are to be expected to come up in the near future. This helps them to be better prepared and remain calmer and better adjusted to the situation when it actually occurs.
E.g. an upcoming train journey, going to a birthday party, attending a wedding etc.
You can create your own schedules as and when there is a change from the usual in the child's routine.