Schedules sometimes need some tweaks and accommodations. The typical visual schedule doesn’t work for every learner. You need to really analyze each of your students’ schedules to ensure that the schedule is functional and effective. With one student, data had shown us that the student after a long period of time still relied on adult prompting and the schedule didn’t seem to be effective at all. We spent some time considering aspects of the schedule that may have been challenging for the student.
A few accommodations we added:
- less picture options – the student completes several binders throughout the day and each had a different picture icon; we put all of the binder at the same station to eliminate the variety of picture icons
- double sided wall schedule – we put the morning pictures on one side and the afternoon pictures on the other side so the student had less pictures to attend to at a time; we laminated file folders and cut a long strip to put the pictures on
The schedule hangs on the wall by the student’s desk and can be easily flipped over after lunch and velcroed to reveal the other side.
Sometimes – it’s all about the quick and simple fix! This student is doing SO well with his new schedule! Grab these Color Coded Schedule Visuals Here!