Using Visual Schedules:
Using the right type of visual schedules can, quite honestly, make or break your classroom. Students crave routine, especially those that are on the Autism spectrum. They need to know what is coming next and visual schedules can help provide this much-needed structure.
Some teachers will argue that kids don't need a schedule, but I will disagree every time.
Even grown adults, that are typically developing, need and want visual schedules. Whether is a list on my phone or a pacing checklist that I made for vacation, these types of schedules ensure that I do every step and don't forget anything.
Different Types Of Schedules:
There are so many different types of schedules out there. They come in many different variations, you just need to pick the one that best meets the needs of your students. And remember, you don't have to pick just one specific type for your entire classroom. Choose the visual schedule that matches the student's needs.
I will go over the top 10 types of visual schedules that I have used in my classroom.
1. Object Schedules:
2. first/then boards:
3. Picture Schedule:
4. Written Schedule:
5. Binder Schedule:
6. Checklist Schedules:
7. Real Photo Schedule
9. Mobile Schedule (schedule on their phone)
10. Traveling Schedule:
The important thing to remember is that not every student in the classroom needs a matchy-matchy, cute picture schedule. Individualize the schedules. Hey, maybe every student has a different schedule. Now that would be great!