How to Create Independence for students on the
Autism Spectrum using 3 Key Ingredients
Discussed in this Episode:
✅ Time is the Number one Accommodation and Adjustment every classroom needs to puts in place
✅ 4 Types of Schedules
✅ Why you need a range of Schedules
✅ Why knowing how long is so important
✅ Range of Visuals to Use
✅ Timer + Visual + Schedule = Independence
3 Key Ingredients – Timer + Visual + Schedule = INdependence
1. Tell the child HOW long and WHEN they are going to have to do an activity.
2. Timers allow us to pre-warn: It answer many of the questions these children have: What is happening?, What order?, What time?, What is next?, How long?
Schedules/To Do Lists/Routines are a vital tool for children with an ASD
Many children have difficulties accepting change and transition from one thing to another – a schedule helps them see and understand what is going to happen next.
Schedules also help people to organise themselves and to plan ahead.
Ideas to try using: Schedules + VISUALS + Timers = Success
1. Break tasks down into small achievable tasks, with realistic timeframes. Use digital timer on Portable Schedule to count UP or DOWN. For example: Time for school = clean teeth, toilet, bag, hat.
2. Help move from one activity to the next. For example: Mat Time, Reading, Recess.
3. Finish. Letting a child know how long to go and what is next.
4. Independence. Allow students to self monitor and move from one task to another without prompts.
5. Toilet Timing! You all know I am a BIG fan of toilet timing, you can now actually put the visuals for toilet on the Portable Schedule: Toilet, Flush, Wash Hands, Dry hands and re-set for 1 hour or more!
6. Set 10 minutes to get dressed – attach relevant clothing visuals to Schedule.
7. Morning Routine – Breakfast, TV, Get Dressed.
8. 5 minutes doing Lego and then Mum will be ready.
9. 10 minutes work, 5 minute break, 10 minutes work etc.
10. How long will it take to write x sentences or how many words can you write in x time. You can use this idea for reading, maths, worksheets etc.
11. Set up for Recess/Lunch with a schedule of activities.
12. 20 Minutes for Assembly put visuals on strip for song, awards etc.
PORTABLE SCHEDULES WITH Digital Timers ARE BACK IN STOCK!
Portable Schedule with Digital Timers
I love Portable Schedules as they links visual schedules with a timeframe, and
is small enough for individual children.
I am always looking for new ways to help children with timeframes. It is great to let the child know what is going to happen (visual schedule) but the missing piece has always been HOW LONG or when these activities will happen.
Managing the child’s expectation just got easier with these Portable Schedules
as you can incorporate both.
Many of you are using the Time Timers and getting fantastic results, some
schools now have them in every classroom. This Portable Schedule can be used in conjunction with your Time Timer or on its own.