8 Types of Visual Student Schedules - The Autism Helper

8 Types of Visual Student Schedules

1. Object Schedules

  • Most basic and concrete type of schedule.
  • Use actual objects as the cue of what activities are to come.
  • Good for students with visual impairments, severe/profound cognitive disabilities, and early learners.

2. Picture Schedules

  • Pictures help our learners make meaning of the words we are telling by providing a visual representation of the activity.
  • Even readers benefit from the use of pictures.
  • Picture schedules traditionally start out on the wall.
    • Activities are lined up in the sequence they will be done.
    • Student physically moves the visual piece and matches it to the identical picture at the station they are working at.
    • After each activity is complete, visual piece is removed.

3. Color Coded Picture Schedules

  • adds an additional cue to discriminate between pictures

4. First Then Schedules

  • make it even simpler but just using two schedule pieces at a time to show first – then

5. Real Photo Schedules

  • use a combo of clipart images and real photos
  •  or use all real photos {great for older learners!}

6. Binder Picture Schedules

  • Laminate a piece of paper and put 1 or 2 long strips of velcro.
  • Order visual pieces on velcro.
  • Put finished pocket on inside cover.

7. Paper Picture Schedules

  • Can use paper schedules that have visuals or words, are laminated or paper, lots of options!
  • Biggest change: not bringing the physical visual piece with you.
    • Paper Schedules: students cross off each item with a pen or pencil
    • Laminated Paper Schedules: students cross off each item with a dry erase marker.

8. Written Paper Schedules

  • remove visuals and have only writing
  • great for your readers & higher functioning learners
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