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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Another fantastic printable. Thank you. I don’t suppose you have one for pottytraining, do you? I’ll take all rhe help I can get!
Hi Tori, I will be working on a Toileting Printable in the next few weeks and it will appear on my Blog as part of the Friday Freebie Series.xx Glad you like the Printables!x I know what you mean about help with Toileting, we are training our little man right now and it can be so stressful.x
what a great resource for younger children. This will certainly help remind them what needs to happen.
These are lovely – what a great idea! I am finding that we need more routine in our lives now that my oldest is in full time school. Thank you for sharing!
These are so cute! I definitely intend to use something like this when my daughter is a bit older and this is the best one I have seen!
What a fabulous idea! One of my kids is a visual learner & would really love this. It’s so great that you have a variety of cartoon children to choose from & all! x
aww thats a really great printable. We use similar things in the nursery and its amazing how visuals do help little ones learn x
Well done for creating this and then being kind enough to share it. I am sure it will help others x
This looks fab. My middle son struggles with routine and would love this as he would be able to see and mark off himself, what he has done. Lovely printables.
This is so fab! I love how you’ve made it so each child’s chart is different. Thank you for sharing, very helpful 🙂 xx