Visual Schedules and Why They Are Still Important

Last year in Grade 2 Johnny really “went with the flow” and followed along with the routines in the classroom.  He paid attention and watched his peers for clues on what to do next.  Is it recess time?  Is it lineup time? Is it reading time?  The Grade 2 teacher was very proud that he…

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…

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…

Communication Goes “Both” Ways

When Johnny first started going to Junior Kindergarten I wrote about the “communication gap” that happens between the classroom experience and home here:  https://sunflowercyn.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/what-id-like-to-hear-the-most/  What do you do when you have a child who is essentially non-verbal but who communicates with gestures, some sign language,  and some word approximations and you want to know about…

There is no such thing as can’t.

  There is no such thing as can’t only won’t. That is what I grew up hearing from my Dad whenever something happened that frustrated me or someone said that I couldn’t do something that I wanted to do. I get a call today from the OT Consultant for the school board who is filling…

IEP meeting and the unexpected

  We had our IEP meeting nearly two weeks ago and we left with the realization that our work has only just begun and it is onging. Johnny is doing well being integrated into a regular Senior Kindergarten classroom.  He transitions well between activities, follows the lead of the other children, tries to do all…

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…

Sleep Potty Sleep…. Repeat

Our latest challenge has been Johnny waking up during the middle of the night to use the toilet.  The positive side is he is trying very hard not to have an accident in his bed which he gets really upset.  He doesn’t like having accidents with anything and then having to wait until we change…

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…