Originally Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Keep in mind this is just an example. You can organize the layout and content in any way you see fit.
Each child is different, so the things you’d need to include in their visual supports would be different.
You have to remain open-minded. You can’t create an unalterable schedule or routine.
That’s why I said: “Always expect the worst, but plan for the best!”
What I’ve observed is that having a schedule/routine in place, does assist them tremendously.
However, if the schedule becomes so rigid that it’s borderline dictation; the child/ren will become bored and ultimately rebellious or dangerously inquisitive and adventurous.
When I first started out in 2010 I began by using pictures that we’d taken ourselves for his visual supports.
I took pictures of his older siblings; our home; his school; our local grocery store; our church; the metro stations and buses that we used; family members homes we’ve visited; and more.
Once Jr grew accustomed to adhering to the routines/schedules and he became familiar with the people, places and things; we no longer used them “regularly.”
However, I do “update” his visual support that assists him in adhering to his schedule when he’s home.
We adjust it primarily based on Jr’s needs, our desires then his wants.
When introducing something new I always inquire with Jr whether or not he’d like a visual support. He’s taught me that by “Acting out” a lot of things while I’m explaining them to him; eliminates the need for a visual support.
For example, now that he knows where we live, our address, who the police are, what they do and where they are located; he no longer needs the visual support outlining all those things.
However, we do have to practice our home phone number and remind him that he’s only to use that if a teacher needs to contact us from the school. We have to remind him that using “911” is only for emergencies.
Think about it, take your time, include your child and spouse. I wish you all the best!
“Autism isn’t a disability, it’s the ability to see and experience the world differently!”