The Advantage of a Visual Schedule

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  • March 4, 2011
  • by Christine
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To help your autistic child get through his day, it is a good idea to create a visual schedule of his activities for the day. Put it in a place where he can easily see it and make sure that he know where it is. It is a good idea to have him look at it before he does anything else.

As most autistic children think in terms of pictures and patterns, having a daily schedule which they can look at is very important as it provides your child a visual picture of how their day is going to look like. They will not only know what activities are planned for the day but they will also know the order in which the activities will be done.

The visual schedule helps set your child’s expectations of what will happen throughout the day and will likewise prevent any untoward incidents from not knowing what to expect. Keep in mind that autistic children are uncomfortable with surprises and can feel threatened by anything unexpected as they are forced to go outside their comfort zone. By having a visual schedule, you are giving your child the predictability that he craves for. Your child will likewise feel safe in knowing exactly what will happen at the exact moment that it will occur.

When creating a schedule for your child, it is best that you do so according to what you feel is appropriate for your child. Always take his needs, preferences, interests and personality into consideration as this will make it easier for you to keep your child engaged in the activities that you have planned for him.

It would also be to your advantage to schedule the more important tasks and activities in the morning rather than towards the end of the day. This is because many autistic children work better in the morning than they do in the afternoon. Also, if your child gets tired in the afternoon or if your child suddenly does not feel like cooperating, the pressure to get him back on the task and on schedule will be lesser for both you and the child as he has already completed the important tasks for the day.

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