Visual Schedules & Social Stories  


What is a social story? A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts. It describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a child that has a reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. There are a vast array of reasons you could implement a social story. They can range from playing with a friend to appropriate behavior in public. They can be used in almost any social/behavioral circumstance.

What can social stories be helpful with?

-Explaining and reinforcing appropriate behavior

-Teaching students routines, expectations in a different way -It is personalized for each person in ways that help that child specifically

-It helps explain routines/outings/behaviors in a simplistic way

-This a a visual cue that is very helpful for most diagnoses.

Whom may benefit from a social story?

-Children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, nonverbal kids, visual learners, etc.

-Children that struggle with social appropriate behavior and skills.

-Children that struggle with verbal cues, redirection and difficulty staying attended to task.

How do I find/utilize social stories?

-You can find pre-made social stories online or purchase them and then you can modify them to tailor fit your child.

-Ask your OT or behavioral speciliast to create one for you.

-You can also create your own in paper form -You can also create your own using an app. They walk you through the process and can take pictures where needed.

-If you are creating your own, then keep this in mind:

-Make sure you use simple sentences and wording.

-Go step by step for each page and don't skip essential steps. For example: To pour milk. The steps are go to the refrigerator, open the refrigerator door and take out the milk. Put the milk on the counter. Go to the cupboard and get a glass. Use one hand hold the handle to the milk jug and use your other hand to steady the cup. The steps go on. For each step you would provide a photograph.

-Make sure to keep it positive and encouraging and descriptive. -When the social story is complete, review it with the child daily before they perform that routine, procedure, or activity. 

Leah Peeler COTA/L

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?
-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.

 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.


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 Social Story Curriculum Mega Bundle (25 Individual Titles)


 Our Social Story Mega Bundle contains 25 individual Social Stories that teach basic skills that children need in home, school and community settings. Teach your child some of life's most basic social skills with this complete tool kit that contains social stories, coloring books, social rule cards and a full instructional guide for teaching basic social skills.


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“Brushing Teeth” Visual Schedule
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“Brushing Teeth” Visual Schedule
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