Time Management = Anxiety Management
21 Top Ways to Use Time Management as Anxiety Management
1. Ease stressful transitions by showing “how much longer” and “here is what 5 more minutes really means”
2. Show when challenging activities will end: “Lets go shopping for 30 minutes” “Handwriting for 30 minutes”
3. Help everyone (especially new staff or visitors) stick to the routine
4. Reduce anxiety by creating predictability & consistency
5. Help develop a reliable internal clock (especially for students with ADHD)
6. Help with organisation & time management so don’t get ‘caught up’ in preferred activities
7. See at a glance how much time is left
8. Keep lessons/activities focused and on track
9. Effectively manage small groups for differentiated instruction
10. Provide focus for individual work (help self manage time)
11. Tests/Exams (Fantastic for Time Management in Naplan)
12. Know how long to speak in presentations (News, Debates, Class Presentations)
13. Empower students to manage their own time in ALL activities
14. Ensure equal time for taking turns
15. Break Times (Help self regulate break times, know when they are going to occur and for how long so they return to work etc)
16. Use timer to have set Toilet / Drink and Snack Breaks
17. Break larger challenges into smaller tasks or amounts of time
18. Rotate learning stations
19. Manage Screen Time or “special interests”
20. Help students with autism slow down and not rush OR ‘speed up’
21. Many students lose track of time when they are doing something they love. Often they do not have an end point or they want to repeat the activity. Timers create a finish point.
MINIMISING STRESS AROUND TIMERS
Although timers can provide a timeframe for the student to work within, helping them keep focused and on track, for some students, timers can be a source of stress. Worries can include; finishing too soon, not finishing within the given time and the sound of the timer going off. In order to minimise this stressor, talking about time as much as possible can be very helpful.
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Check out my Previous Podcast on Timers:
Episode 66: How Timers Can Support Students with Autism to Learn at Home
Why You Should Use Timers with Students with Autism
Timers tell the student HOW LONG and WHEN they are going to have to do an activity. Timers allow you to pre-warn the student about activities finishing or starting. They help answer many of the questions these students may have: What is happening? What order? What time? What is next? How long?
Timers also add certainty. As they inform the student of what to expect when and for how long. This can help to drastically reduce anxiety, which is especially important during this stressful Coronavirus period
To help out, I thought I would list the main differences between girls and boys with autism spectrum, as well as tips and strategies to try. Check out the blog here.