Cute & Simple: Picture Schedules

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By Leslie Lindsay

Think it’s hard for you to remember everything that goes into a day?  What about your children?  They, too want to know what is going on and how it affects them.  You may consider creating a picture schedule to be used at home–this is especially great for kiddos who are in the Pre-K+ set; that is, they are beginning to see that each day has distinct characteristics, yet just beginning to grasp the concept of time, and developing pre-reading skills.

Not only does it help the kiddos, but it just may help you, too.  You won’t have to repeat yourself 50 million times a day about what is going to happen; kids can just refer back to the picture schedule.

How does it work?  Well, I created a rough-draft of our week by first sketching out a Monday thru Friday “calendar” by placing in things I know typically happen, those “set” events: leave for school, exercise, preschool, soccer, homework, dinner, bath, etc.

Then, I took that schedule and made a Word document for each day, placing the day of the week at the top of the page.  I found clip art that matched our daily events; in some cases I even inserted actual photographs of my kids.  The front of the page was big enough to hold the day, while the back of the page included our evening routine.

I laminated them in my handy-dandy home laminator (you can find one at an office supply store for about $30), hold-punched each one and secured them all with a binder ring. 

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Each evening, I leave the page open to the next day and place it in an area where my early-riser will see it (today she was awake at 4:50am).  She often tells me what is going on that day when I finally lumber out of bed at the late hour of 7am.

You can do it, too!  Here are some suggestions from other sites to get you started:

  • Woodbine House’s band-new book, A Pictures Worth:  PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism by Andy Bondy, PhD and Lisa Frost, M.S.

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