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Schedules: Make Them Visual

by Jane Humphries and Kari Rains
January/February 2017
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Over the years we have found that strategies utilized in special education classrooms are often applicable in other classroom environments. One of those strategies is the use of a visual schedule. It is with this tool that we have observed children becoming better regulated. The trick to making this a successful strategy is learning how to design the schedule and ‘strategies to implement.’ But before we investigate that further, we must first start with understanding the perspective of a child struggling in a busy classroom environment.

A Child’s Perspective

There are many children for whom the constant barrage of sounds is difficult to process. They get lost in the words, movements, and sounds that are a constant in the classroom. Imagine yourself with headphones on that you cannot take off, tuned to fairly loud music playing in your ears and the other adults around are talking at you and, the next thing you know, you are being rushed into the next room to participate in an activity: What activity and why? People are touching you, giving you social cues that you don’t understand, and you look around and think, “I don’t know if I want to do this!” and so you run from the activity. ...

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