Episode 157: How to Create Independence for students on the Autism Spectrum using 3 Key Ingredients

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

TIMERS

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!

 

At Home

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.

 

At School

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.

Sue’s Top Resources for Creating Independence:

Product Quantity

Time Timer - 20cm Medium

20cm Time Timer (Medium - previously known as large. Retains the same dimensions) | Used as an interactive teaching tool, this classroom-tested teaching aide reinforces the sense of elapsed time with a graphic depiction of the time remaining. The Time Timer can be used to set time limits, measure the duration of activities and train students to make better use of available time.

Making it a Success

| by Sue Larkey | This is the ideal reference for schools to successfully integrate students into the classroom. It provides easy to follow, proven strategies and worksheets to use immediately. Dr. Tony Attwood writes in the foreword: "Sue has a remarkable ability to identify and briefly explain the difficulties experienced by a child with autism in a regular classroom and to suggest realistic and practical strategies to improve abilities and behaviour. Her advice is succinct and wise."

Pics for PECS CD

Pics for PECS CD | This CD contains over 2000 icons! The icons are organised by broad categories: alphabet, animals, attributes (colours, sizes, shapes), body parts, food/drinks, locations, numerals, sentence starters and songs, vehicles, actions/verbs, musical instruments and clothing. The images on this CD are in jpeg (jpg) format. Icons may be used as any clip art images. Compatible with all Word programs and newer Apple.

Time Timer - 7.6cm Small

7.6cm Time Timer (small) | Used as an interactive teaching tool, this classroom-tested teaching aide reinforces the sense of elapsed time with a graphic depiction of the time remaining. The Time Timer can be used to set time limits, measure the duration of activities and train students to make better use of available time.

Time Timer PLUS

Time Timer PLUS | The Time Timer PLUS is a unique visual timer and the ideal solution for anyone who struggles with time. For over 20 years, children, adults and groups have used the Time Timer to stay focused, productive and relaxed throughout the day. As time elapses, the signature red disk disappears, creating a clear and simple picture of the time remaining. Portable and quiet with a protective cover, the Time Timer PLUS is a great way to promote efficient time management at work, school and home. The Time Timer PLUS is approximately 14.5 cm by 18 cm and suits the more 'destructible' child.

Time Timer Watch Plus - Youth

ALL NEW Time Timer Watch Plus | Youth and Adult models available. Comes with two modes - Time Timer or Clock. Time Timer mode depicts time with a patented red disk that disappears as time elapses, making time clear and tangible. Remarkably easy to use.

Out of stock

Time Timer Watch Plus - Adult

ALL NEW Time Timer Watch Plus | Youth and Adult models available. Comes with two modes - Time Timer or Clock. Time Timer mode depicts time with a patented red disk that disappears as time elapses, making time clear and tangible. Remarkably easy to use.

Out of stock

Time Timer MOD

Portable and quiet with a protective cover, the Time Timer MOD is a great way to promote efficient time management at work, school and home. The Time Timer MOD is approximately 9.5 cm by 9.5 cm and suits the more ‘destructible’ child. Comes with a charcoal cover - optional coloured covers (blue, berry or green) sold separately.

Portable Schedule with Digital Timer

Portable Schedule with Digital Timer | Links visual schedules with a time frame. Great for routines, concept of time, pre-warns how long until finish, self monitoring and more!

In stock

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