A visual timetable or schedule. A picture tells a thousand words, helps to relieve anxiety and unwanted behaviours. Stimulate interaction and build comprehension, establish a routine in an otherwise hectic life.
Visual aids can be used adults with a disabilty, brain injuries, children with autism, learning delays and other disabilities.
Show the person a timetable of their day using pictures or photos using a visual hanger, put velcro dots rough side on pictures these will stick on the felt visual hanger. Routine example could be getting ready for school this is difficult for most neuro-typical children, let alone a child with a disability.
1. Picture of breakfast
2. Brush teeth - picture of child brushing teeth
3. Getting dressed - picture of school clothes
4. Picture of car/bus
Use words under picture, this helps children understand what is coming next, as they can find it hard to predict what is coming next.
Most children are visual learners especially those with additional needs. A visual timetable helps to develop a routine which otherwise they would find difficult. We also use yellow crosses to distinguish what has been done. They can stick them on themselves. For much younger children posting in a box (ie a decorated shoe box) is a fun idea.
Ideas for schedules:
toilet training, trip to the shop, going to preschool, nightime routine, brushing teeth, having a bath.