Schedules {Schedule Tips & Tricks}

Categories: Schedules

The 3rd Step of Seven Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room is almost to a close. We have spent all week talking about everything and anything schedule related! From student schedules to adults schedules from binders to PECS – there is obviously a ton that goes into setting up and maintaing schedules. I am huge advocate of making things as easy and efficient as possible so I am pleased as punch to share a few of my sneaky tips to make your life a little easier.

If you have ever used picture schedules, you know what the BIGGEST pain in the butt is … setting up that schedule for the next day. Isn’t that the worst? Just as you’ve gently pushed your little bundles of job out the door and begin day dreaming about your post school snack, you realize. You still have to set up tomorrow’s schedules. Check out this post on how to make you life immensely easy. Make yourself a handy cheat sheet and even consider having your students set up their own schedule for the next day! Helps them know is going to happen tomorrow!

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The second hardest thing is storing all the schedule pictures in a reasonable way. I am constantly finding PECS pictures and schedule pictures in the weirdest places. My advice: baseball card holders! Super cheap and space efficient! Check it out:


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Is part of your day a little complicated? Mine too. I have this great parallel teaching situation going on with a coworker but it looks like madness at first. Sometimes you need a detailed schedule for yourself:


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How about inclusion? You probably need a schedule for that too…

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Products for Step 3 {Schedules} – 

Visual Daily Schedule for Children with Autism 

24 small schedule pieces and matching large labels;

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Visual Daily Schedule for Children with Autism Set 2 

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Color Coded Daily Schedule

15 schedule pictures with labels; all with a color coded prompt

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Color Coded Task Schedule

color coded numbers to label tasks and create an independent work system

The Autism Helper - Schedule


  1. I really like this post I have been looking for DIY PECs ,I will be using this for my son

  2. Glad it’s helpful 🙂


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