Making New Visual Schedules To Promote Independence

One of my big goals is to help my son become more independent.  I make lists all the time on Evernote to keep track of things to do this month, this week or for that day.  I feel better if I have check lists especially if there are so many little things I need to…

Past Triumphs….Let The Words Begin

  Some children who are Autistic are verbal and others never become speakers.  This is one of the harder parts of being a parent raising a child on the spectrum.  As parents, we need to be able to communicate to our child as we raise them so being told during a diagnosis that your child…

Grade Two Visual Schedules

I thought I’d share what Johnny’s visuals look like at school to help him move through the Grade 2 program each day as well as move back and forth between two academic classrooms, gym and music classes and recess.   Johnny to this day likes his days to be structured and if there is no…

Step By Step…Repeat…Again

Over the summer we decided to help Johnny become more independent with his life skills and get him used to following visual schedules on his own. At school they want him to be able to follow a visual schedule regarding classroom activities without the help of his EA and also use visual schedules to gain…

iPad and Visual Schedules

We started using an App on the iPad called Choiceworks by BeeVisual to make visual schedules on the fly when the situation calls for some inventive creative thinking to avoid misunderstandings and meltdowns.  When we were staying in Cape Cod we realized quickly that we had to help Johnny adjust to his new environment with…

Visual Schedules and so much more

In order to help Johnny become more independent we are creating more visual schedules to be used at home and also replicate some others that are used at school to help him. A CHOICE BOARD is a good way to start. I am hanging this in his bedroom to be used with the various bins of…

PECs I like to use and Visual Schedules

I have found that having visual schedules in my house is a really good way to help my son Johnny who has Autism know what to expect, know what is expected from him/ her and as helpful reminders when trying to learn a lifeskill.  A good friend who works in the early child education field taught…

One little victory at a time

“I want more oranges.” He said it. No he really did say it and he was not at home but at a birthday party at school. Johnny’s teacher was so happy and excited she called me to let know the big news. Big news? Yes, because one word at a time is a little victory…

First days of school

Johnny first days of school have gone really well. He was so excited to put on his school uniform and his back pack for the first time that he only got anxious and teary eyed when he started seeing some of classmates get very upset along with worried parents standing around the classroom and not…