Muffin's therapists have suggested that I start using a picture schedule at home to help him through transitions from one activity to the next. Picture schedules are used for children in all levels of development but are particularly helpful for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, children with Speech/Language Delays, and children on the Autism Spectrum.
I've been a little hesitant to start, thinking that it had to be perfect. Well, it' doesn't. I can make it anyway that will work best for Muffin. I've decided to make a schedule for each part of his day.
Morning (non-school day)
Morning (school day)
Here is a sample of Muffins Morning at Home schedule.
Muffin isn't non-verbal so his schedule can be fairly general to meet our needs. I don't need to spell out every detail of his day, just steer him in a forward direction. He needs to know that he gets to eat breakfast and watch some TV before we brush his teeth and get dressed to play and enjoy the rest of the day. If he gets "stuck" on a certain activity, all I have to say is, 'What's Next?" He LOVES to find out what is next. Now moving forward is exciting and not disappointing. We used a picture schedule this evening and he really enjoyed finishing each activity (and telling me all about it)!
Do2Learn as well as other activity ideas to do with your little ones. There are icons for just about everything you can imagine. Your schedule can be as basic or as detailed as your child needs.