Visual Picture Schedules

 

What is a picture schedule?
A Picture Schedule is a series of pictures that are sequenced in an order either horizontally or vertically for a specific purpose. They can be used in many different ways. Some may show a series of tasks to complete a job or a sequence of activities to do. Picture Schedules can be applied to behavior, curriculum, and therapy.  There is clear research evidence regarding the benefits of using visual schedules with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  It tells your child what is going to happen and the order of events. Some of you may have children that are able to memorize a sequence of events. The problem with this is that (especially as they get older) most things in life do not happen in the same order or at the same time every day. This can then lead to behavior problems when unexpected changes occur. Using a visual schedule can develop a positive routine of looking for information and thus increase flexibility and the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs in the future.

What is a picture schedule?
A Picture Schedule is a series of pictures that are sequenced in an order either horizontally or vertically for a specific purpose. They can be used in many different ways. Some may show a series of tasks to complete a job or a sequence of activities to do. Picture Schedules can be applied to behavior, curriculum, and therapy.  There is clear research evidence regarding the benefits of using visual schedules with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  It tells your child what is going to happen and the order of events. Some of you may have children that are able to memorize a sequence of events. The problem with this is that (especially as they get older) most things in life do not happen in the same order or at the same time every day. This can then lead to behavior problems when unexpected changes occur. Using a visual schedule can develop a positive routine of looking for information and thus increase flexibility and the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs in the future.

What types of picture schedules are there?
-Object schedules:  These are most appropriate for individuals who have few language skills and are mostly non-verbal. The simplest way to use an object schedule is for the parent to hand an object to their son or daughter just before they are about to move to the next activity. The individual then takes the object and uses it in the activity. The main thing to think about with an object schedule is making a list of which objects you are going to use to represent each activity.

-Picture schedules:  You will know if your child is ready for a picture or photograph schedule if they can consistently match pictures or photographs. Your child pulls off the first picture and then goes to the activity that it represents. If your son or daughter is distractible, and likely to lose focus on the way to an activity, you can use a matching picture schedule. In this type of schedule, you place an identical picture in the area they are going to (or at the doorway if for example they are going outside). They then take their picture and match it to the one you have mounted in the area. Velcro can be used to make the pictures stick to each other.

-Sequence picture schedules: This is used with 2 or more pictures with empty boxes above.  Then the child or parent puts them in order of what activities they will perform first, second, and third.

-Strip picture schedules:  The most common ones are steps to completing potty training, hand washing, getting dressed, etc. There is a series of pictures on a strip and after each step has been completed on they take off the picture on the strip.

-Checklist picture schedules: For this picture schedule, there is a list of pictures that are put down vertically.  Then there is an empty box next to each picture.  This is helpful for morning chores, shopping list, steps to be successful in a store or in a restaurant.
You can make a picture schedule for almost any task, chore, schedule.
What is a picture schedule?
A Picture Schedule is a series of pictures that are sequenced in an order either horizontally or vertically for a specific purpose. They can be used in many different ways. Some may show a series of tasks to complete a job or a sequence of activities to do. Picture Schedules can be applied to behavior, curriculum, and therapy.  There is clear research evidence regarding the benefits of using visual schedules with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  It tells your child what is going to happen and the order of events. Some of you may have children that are able to memorize a sequence of events. The problem with this is that (especially as they get older) most things in life do not happen in the same order or at the same time every day. This can then lead to behavior problems when unexpected changes occur. Using a visual schedule can develop a positive routine of looking for information and thus increase flexibility and the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs in the future.

What types of picture schedules are there?
-Object schedules:  These are most appropriate for individuals who have few language skills and are mostly non-verbal. The simplest way to use an object schedule is for the parent to hand an object to their son or daughter just before they are about to move to the next activity. The individual then takes the object and uses it in the activity. The main thing to think about with an object schedule is making a list of which objects you are going to use to represent each activity.

-Picture schedules:  You will know if your child is ready for a picture or photograph schedule if they can consistently match pictures or photographs. Your child pulls off the first picture and then goes to the activity that it represents. If your son or daughter is distractible, and likely to lose focus on the way to an activity, you can use a matching picture schedule. In this type of schedule, you place an identical picture in the area they are going to (or at the doorway if for example they are going outside). They then take their picture and match it to the one you have mounted in the area. Velcro can be used to make the pictures stick to each other.

-Sequence picture schedules: This is used with 2 or more pictures with empty boxes above.  Then the child or parent puts them in order of what activities they will perform first, second, and third.

-Strip picture schedules:  The most common ones are steps to completing potty training, hand washing, getting dressed, etc. There is a series of pictures on a strip and after each step has been completed on they take off the picture on the strip.

-Checklist picture schedules: For this picture schedule, there is a list of pictures that are put down vertically.  Then there is an empty box next to each picture.  This is helpful for morning chores, shopping list, steps to be successful in a store or in a restaurant.
You can make a picture schedule for almost any task, chore, schedule.

Who creates the picture schedule?
-Teachers
-Parents
-Caregivers
-Occupational Therapist
-Speech therapists
-Behavior Coaches

Steps to be successful:
-Be consistent. Use it religiously.
-Break down each task to individual steps.
-Make it positive   

Leah Peeler COTA/L



Schkidules Picture Schedules  


 Visual Schedules are positive behavioral supports that use pictures to communicate a sequence of events to a child. Children are visual learners and can navigate the world around them better when they can see what you are telling them. Picture schedules help to put the child and the adult on the SAME PAGE with better communication, organization and predictability. Because of this, they are known to reduce stress, build confidence, improve self management and increase compliant behavior.

 Visual Schedules are very popular in classrooms and day cares. SchKIDules offers both individual sized and larger group sized magnets and displays so whether you need one for just one student or to guide your whole class, we’ve got what you need. Our all magnetic design comes with colorful popular school activities as well as activities for kids in special education classes and activities


 

Need a little help with morning or bedtime routines? Have a “type A” toddler or a child who frequently engages in power struggles? If you answered “yes”, a visual schedule may be the solution to taking those struggles down a few notches. Not only do children comprehend better with pictures, but you’ll be surprised just how much less you have to repeat yourself when you’ve got a kid-friendly, simple to follow, picture based instruction board doing it for you.

Specials Collection
School Collection
Entire Gallery


Visual Schedules can be especially helpful if your child has a diagnosis like Autism, Asperger's, or even ADHD. Chances are you’ve seen your child use one at school and your teacher or therapist has recommended implementing one at home.  The problem is, it’s not an easy task.  Locating, printing, cutting, and laminating all the pictures, followed by figuring out how to display them on a board is a lot of work.  Our all magnetic, ready to go, customized system is not only good looking and easy to use, but has no distracting velcro dots or strips and offers a clean slate surface that can be easily changed as your child develops.


Triple Accessory Pack
Sensory Accessory Pack
Feelings Pack
Visual Schedules At Home
From toddlerhood through elementary ages, SchKIDules can make life at home run much smoother. Need a little help with establishing and sticking to healthy daily routines? Have a “type A” child who frequently engages in power struggles? Want help introducing chores or a reward chart? How about organizing weekly activities? SchKIDules has home-themed activity magnets for all of the above! Our picture magnets serve as friendly reminders of what’s next or what’s expected. Kids love them and parents enjoy not having to repeat themselves as often.
 
Visual Schedules at School
Visual Schedules are very popular in classrooms and day cares. SchKIDules offers both individual sized magnets and displays for a single child as well as larger sizes for group use. If you home school, this is a great organizational tool to visually communicate the schedule/topics for the day. Our school-themed magnets include all the usual school subjects and events you’d expect to experience in a typical school week. If you need to go step further, we also offer a Specials Collection that when paired with the school collection, creates a great special education set.
 
Visual Schedules for Autism, ADHD and other Diagnoses
Visual Schedules are especially helpful if your child has a diagnosis like Autism, Aspergers, or even ADHD. Visuals can help with positive reinforcement, cognitive clarity, receptive and expressive communication and redirection. Psychologically, visual schedules can even lower anxiety and improve confidence. Children feel more secure in the world when they can accurately anticipate what will happen next. Without this, they can feel anxious and be prone to acting out when something unpredictable occurs. SchKIDules have been known to alter behavior so successfully that parents feel they have a whole new child on their hands.
 
SchKIDules can also make custom size magnets as well as magnets printed from digital photos or Icons you send to us. Please email us with your custom request for a quote.

Special Learning Visual Schedules




 


These downloadable teaching products use vivid and colorful illustrations along with written descriptions of each sequential step to keep children engaged through the learning process. They are simple, ready to use, portable format includes an instruction card to ensure accurate assembly and implementation of the schedule, even for those unfamiliar with ABA instruction techniques.

These teaching tools reinforces the following skills:

·         Communication Skills

·         Social Skills

·         School Readiness

The Special Learning visual schedules and its contents can be downloaded for immediate use. This includes:

·         8 ½ x 11 in. colorful visual schedule with cut apart picture icons

·         Visual Schedule and Token Economy Instruction Booklet 

Note: This product is DOWNLOADABLE ONLY. Purchase does not include hard copies.



Asking for Help Boy Visual Schedule

Knowing when and how to ask for help can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty asking for help appropriately.

Our “Asking for Help” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks.

Asking For Help Girl Visual Schedule

Knowing when and how to ask for help can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty asking for help appropriately.

Our “Asking for Help” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks.

Brushing Teeth Boy Visual Schedule

Does your child have trouble brushing their teeth independently?

Does he or she have trouble remembering what step is next in the process?

Our “Brushing Teeth” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most important tasks. 

Brushing Teeth Girl Visual Schedule

Does your child have trouble brushing their teeth independently?

Does he or she have trouble remembering what step is next in the process?

Our “Brushing Teeth” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most important tasks. 

Getting Ready for Bed Boy Visual Schedule
Is bedtime a difficult transition time for your child?

Does he or she have a hard time remembering what step comes next in the process of going to bed?

Our “Getting Ready for Bed” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most challenging tasks. 

Getting Ready for Bed Girl Visual Schedule

Is bedtime a difficult transition time for your child?

Does he or she have a hard time remembering what step comes next in the process of going to bed?

Our “Getting Ready for Bed” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most challenging tasks. This downloadable teaching product uses vivid and colorful illustrations along with written descriptions of each sequential step to keep children engaged through the learning process. 


Getting Ready for School Boy Visual Schedule

Are transitions tough for your child?

Does he or she have a hard time remembering what step comes next when leaving the house?

Our “Getting Ready for School” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most challenging tasks. 


Getting Ready for School Girl Visual Schedule

Are transitions tough for your child?

Does he or she have a hard time remembering what step comes next when leaving the house?

Our “Getting Ready for School” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of the day’s most challenging tasks. 


Washing Hands Visual Schedule

Knowing when and how to wash hands can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty in washing hands appropriately. 

Our “Washing Hands” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks. 


Taking a Bath Visual Schedule

Knowing when and how to take a bath can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty in taking a bath appropriately. 

Our “Taking a Bath” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks. 

Going to the Bathroom Visual Schedule

Knowing when and how to go to the bathroom can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty in going to the bathroom appropriately. 

Our “Going to the Bathroom” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks. 


Getting New Shoes Visual Schedule

Knowing how to get new shoes can be hard for any child. Children with impaired communication skills or social skills may have increased difficulty in getting new shoes appropriately. 

Our “Getting New Shoes” visual schedule provides a concrete roadmap to completing one of life’s most important tasks. 


Building Basic Social Skills and Visual Schedule Curriculum Bundle

Prepare your child for success in daily school routines with the Special Learning downloadable School Readiness Skills Teaching Tool Kit. We have bundled two of our most effective teaching tools together, social stories and visual schedules, to help teach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the appropriate social skills to integrate successfully in their environment.

Visual schedules are graphic supports that are used to assist children with autism in transitioning between activities, completing sequential tasks, structuring independent learning.

Set includes Social Skills Curriculum and Visual Schedule Curriculum.

Visual Schedule Titles include:

  • Getting Ready for School
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • Being Quiet
  • Asking for Help
  • Interrupting

Social Stories Titles include:

  • Saying Hi
  • Saying Goodbye
  • Saying Thank You
  • Asking for Help
  • Using a Tissue