For many children having a Visual Schedule helps them to make more sense of their world. It creates concrete ideas of what is happening now, next and later. For children with Special Needs in particular Autism having Visual Schedules explaining different routines/ plans for the day/ how to carry out differing tasks etc, are an essential part of their learning, understanding and communicating. I recently made a Visual for Conor explaining his Bed Time Routine so he would know what he had to do and the steps involved. He is at a stage now where he can follow very detailed instructions through pictures.
In the beginning when he began using them I found he could follow them better if there was less detail involved. The older he gets the more independent he needs to be so having Visual Schedules prepared for differing activities helps him to do things for himself.
I have created a Bed Time Schedule for you as part of my new Friday Freebies Series. Every Friday I will share a free printable for you to print off and laminate so your little Miss or little Mr can learn to Communicate and to be more independent too.
As all children look different the Bed Time Printable I created for this week hosts many differing Visuals showing Girls and Boys who all look different but who are carrying out the various Bed Time tasks themselves. It is a very simple Visual Schedule to follow. I will follow up in a few weeks time with a more detailed Bed Time Printable.
The first thing for you to print off is the actual Bed Time Board –
I would normally print this off on white card and then laminate so that it is durable as it will be used every night.
You then print off and laminate the two Sheets that contains the various activities that your child(ren) will carry out as part of their night time routine. I would again print them off on white paper, cut out the ones that I wanted to use and then laminate, later attaching Velcro coins to both the Bed Time Board printable and the actual pictures to use with it.
In order to print the above, you right click each document and copy and paste each over to a Word Document, re-sizing to suit your requirements. You then print, cut and laminate to suit your needs.
I hope you find the above Visuals useful. I have received many emails and facebook private messages asking if I could create various Tutorials and Printables to share with you all. I am more than happy to do that.x Just send me on a message through my Facebook page which you can find here or through the contact Tab on the top of my page.x
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