Episode 145: Time Management = Anxiety Management

Time Management = Anxiety Management

Discussed in this Episode:

The Number 1 Adaption, Adjustment every school & home needs

NCCD – 4 Levels of Adjustments

✅ Why Using Timers works for EVERYONE 

Mega Book Pages 21-24

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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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.

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 MOD - Charcoal Colour

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!

Sue Larkey's MEGA BOOK of Timesavers, Tips & Strategies for Busy and Complex Classrooms

A MEGA book full of my most Popular Blogs, Tip Sheets and more in one easy to use reference! This book is for all ages and stages, for teaching neurodiverse students including Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ODD, PDA and more!

Includes index to quickly look up Topic & Tips, as well as ideas for all parts of teaching and looking after neurodiverse children. 142 pages of Strategies & Tips at YOUR Fingertips.

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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.

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