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Visual Schedules and Autism

How stressed out are you by daily routines? What about your kids? I mean, it’s something that we do, as a household, every.single.day. Why does it have to be so stressful?

Most of us do not use visual schedules at home though many kids use them at school. These free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines might help make things easier.

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Kids with autism may have more difficulty coping with unstructured time than other kids. They may benefit from the increased structure in their lives.

Also, printable schedules can help a child with anxiety who is often fretting over “what is going to happen next.” A visual schedule helps them plan and prepare even if the next activity is non-preferred. Most of all, these visual schedules are free! I hope this makes your mornings easier.

What is a Visual Schedule?

Visual schedules use a series of pictures to communicate a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity. They are often used to help children understand and manage daily events in their lives. They can be created using pictures, photographs, or written words, depending upon the ability of the child. (that is from wikipedia)

I am going to try a few of these. My son has limited communication skills. We’ve never done this at home but I know he uses printable schedules at school. Sesame Street just launched some new Daily Routine Cards. I think I may try those first.

Are Picture Schedules just for Autistic Children?

No! Many children can benefit from using a visual schedule. Any child who is struggling to learn language, reading, and writing should consider using picture schedules instead.

Benefits of Using Visual Schedules

The advantages of using these free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines for children with autism are:

  • help utilizes the individual’s visual strengths and therefore provides a receptive communication system to increase understanding
  • It helps the individual to learn new things and broaden their interests
  • It provides tools that allow the individual to use skills in a variety of settings
  • predictability can help the individual remain calm and reduces inappropriate behaviors
  • child can develop independence and resulting self-esteem

Visual Schedules in the Home

Despite these benefits, setting up a picture schedule can seem like a daunting, time-consuming task for many parents. Keep in mind that the schedule doesn’t have to be perfect.

Maybe you want to have your child browse these with you and help choose them. I also have included links to purchase schedules if you don’t want to make your own.

Let me explain how this template works. It’s on Canva, and it is FREE, however you will be required to get an account on Canva. Once you create an account (easy, just an email and a password, then verify your email), come back here and click the link to the template.

Once you do that, you will be prompted to make a copy of the template, so as not to alter the original. I also suggest you make another copy of that copy, so that you have a clean copy of the template in your Canva account.

Especially if you are new to Canva, don’t alter the clean copy. When you are tinkering and customizing the visual schedule, you may make mistakes that you cannot figure out.

Free Printable Visual Schedule Template for the Home is RIGHT HERE. You can preview it below. Each element is completely customizable so that you can change out the daily routines and activities of daily living that your child does.

Reasons to Use Visual Schedules

  1. Help kids learn sight words.
  2. Better for kids who learn visually rather than auditory.
  3. Allow for independence-child can see what is coming next, rather than asking.
  4. Help some kids plan for transitions.
  5. They are evidence-based.

If you are still trying to get your school or your team use visual schedules, consider printing this out and sharing it with them.



Additionally, the time you invest in creating schedules now can save you time later correcting behaviors. Furthermore, it is also likely to save your son or daughter time by increasing their skills and independence.

But, in order to make it easier for you, I have found lots of free printable visual schedules. I numbered them so that if you share this post with your child’s team members, you’ll know which printable visual schedule you are talking about.

Daily Visual Schedules for Kids

Please note that if the resource is posted with strikethrough font, it means that the link went dead and I could not find a replacement. Sorry, but that’s what happens when a post is old, but popular! The other sites stop blogging or whatever…and then their content isn’t available.

  1. First,_next,_then_boards by Seomra Ranga
  2. Morning Routine printable by Laura’s Crafty Life
  3. Daily Routine Printables 2 by Get Snazzy
  4. Unknown Source (click to make bigger and print!)
    free printable visual schedules home daily routines
  5. Printable Routine Cards by Childhood 101
  6. Morning routine printable schedule by From ABCs to ACTs
  7. Printable Daily Routine-getting dressed by Living Well with Autism
  8. Daily Bathroom Routine-Toileting
  9. Home and Daily Routine-night time
  10. Printable Morning Routine-including medications
  11. Printable Morning Routine-no meds
Bestseller No. 1
SchKIDules Visual Schedule for Kids Home Bundle: Daily Calendar and Weekly Progress Chart w/18' Reversible Folding Board & 129 Magnets for Visual Supports, Children, ADHD and Autism Schedules
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SchKIDules Visual Schedule for Kids Home Bundle: Daily Calendar and Weekly Progress Chart w/18" Reversible Folding Board & 129 Magnets for Visual Supports, Children, ADHD and Autism Schedules
  • EASY & INSTANT: Right out of the box you can try so many visual schedule set ups with your child to test which one achieves your behavioral goals
  • MULTI-AGE PRODUCT: With our dual purpose board, 21 unique headings and activities magnets that span from simple routines to chores, this visual schedule offers many functions for multiple ages
  • NO ASSEMBLY: You’ve got everything you need to start using a visual schedule with your child the minute it arrives; simply set up your design and hang it with the provided nylon rope
  • BEHAVIORAL GAME CHANGER: A must have for parents with a strong-willed child, type-A child, distracted or forgetful child, visual learner, child with ADHD or on the Autism Spectrum
  • INCLUDES: One 18” tri-folding, reversible, dry-erase magnetic board, 21 headings, 36 stars, and 72 home-themed laminated activity magnets for the easy setup of an instant visual schedule
Bestseller No. 2
60 Pieces Visual Schedule Cards Chart Routine Cards Autism Learning Materials with Back Board and Hook and Loop for Home, School, Preschool Children, ADHD, Autism (Royal Blue)
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60 Pieces Visual Schedule Cards Chart Routine Cards Autism Learning Materials with Back Board and Hook and Loop for Home, School, Preschool Children, ADHD, Autism (Royal Blue)
  • Thoughtful Visual Schedule Combination: you will receive 60 pieces of picture cards, 3 pieces of back boards, 3 pieces of hook and loop fasteners and 60 pieces of white hook and loop dots, 126 pieces of items in total from the visual schedule for toddlers, enough for you to use
  • Various Activities Cards: the picture schedule cards consist of 60 different motivations, including but not limited to phone, TV, breakfast, snacks, lunch, drinks, teeth brushing, bathing, school, cleaning and so on, enough to cover various aspects of time
  • Applying for Lots of Occasions: the visual board for autism can be applied to a lot of occasions, such as home, kindergarten, preschool, primary school, junior high school and so on, to help kids form nice habits
  • Practical Leaning Props: when kids see the pictures on the wall schedule board for kids, they will know their daily tasks on visual earlier, you can use them to make schedules for your kids, and the lovely pictures are easy to arouse their interests, helpful for them to complete tasks
  • Serviceable and Reliable: the daily schedule board for kids and picture cards are mainly made of PVC, stable in structure, not easy to fade or deform, bright in color, light in weight, in exquisite workmanship, you can use them with ease and confidence
Bestseller No. 3
KIKIGOAL Kids Visual Schedule Calendar Chart, 2 in 1 Autism Daily Chore Routine Chart With 70 Cards Autism Learning Materials Kids Visual Behavioral Tool Wall Planner for Home School
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KIKIGOAL Kids Visual Schedule Calendar Chart, 2 in 1 Autism Daily Chore Routine Chart With 70 Cards Autism Learning Materials Kids Visual Behavioral Tool Wall Planner for Home School
  • RELIABLE QUALITY: The visual Schedule for Kids are made of coated paper, which is strong, waterproof, not easy to tear and deformed, The cards are well cut and can be pasted and removed multiple times by using the included small dot stickers and felt strips
  • 2 IN 1 FELT BOARD (Difference With Others): That's means it has two ways to use. One is it can hang on the wall or other places as a kids visual schedule chart to use, another is it can be stand on the table as a felt teaching board to use.
  • EASY TO ATTRACT CHILDREN'S ATTENTION: 70 pieces visual schedule cards are printed with various patterns relating to daily school, home activities and behaviors, which can reflect many actions in our life and enrich your schedules, the bright colors and adorable designs can arouse children's interest. Those cards covers all aspects of life. Kids can put the completed tasks into the bag, they often rely on vision to gather information to understand their daily tasks
  • EASY TO USE AND STORE ALL CARDS: The Visual Behavior Schedule chart with a suitable sized PVC bag to store your all cards. And The autism daily chore routine chart for kids have 4 grommets on the top and bottom for easy hang it sideways or vertically.or can stand on the table to use.
  • PERFECT LEARNING TOOL: The Kids Visual Schedule Calendar Chart is also printed with words, and thus you can teach your kids to learn words and know objects, to better understand their daily behaviors, In addition, they are ideal communicative tools for autism kids. these routine cards for toddlers are useful teaching tools for teachers to use in classrooms, They can also be applied to homes, therefore, parents can help children learn how to formulate their daily plans
Bestseller No. 4
Visual Schedule For Home Visual Wall Planner by Create Visual Aids for autism, adhd, aspergers, send, speech and language
199 Reviews
Visual Schedule For Home Visual Wall Planner by Create Visual Aids for autism, adhd, aspergers, send, speech and language
  • Create calmer and happier transitions at home and less stress for the whole family by reducing your child’s anxiety.
  • This is a visual wall planner, or daily routine chart, of 35 picture cards plus two foamex boards which attach to one another using VELCRO Brand hook and loop. The visual schedule can display up to 10 cards at once and these can easily be changed around thanks to the VELCRO Brand hook and loop stuck to the back of the cards and the boards.
  • Features clear visual symbols that have specifically been designed with communication in mind. The characters in our visual aids are age neutral, meaning they are suitable for children or adults.
  • Cards are made from sturdy, waterproof, durable plastic that does not tear.
  • Created by a Mum and early years teacher, this is a great visual timetable for autistic children and those with asd, autism, adhd, aspergers, speech and language delay, and special educational needs. Communication cards are, in fact, fantastic for all kids.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Really Good Stuff First, Then System, 66 Cards, 2 Laminated Boards, Size of Boards: 9' by 7' Each
23 Reviews
Really Good Stuff First, Then System, 66 Cards, 2 Laminated Boards, Size of Boards: 9" by 7" Each
  • VISUAL SUPPORT: Visual supports are a great tool for all children to use, including those with special needs.
  • GREAT FOR LANGUAGE OR BEHAVIOR NEEDS: Guide behaviors and routines at home or at school by helping children understand what their schedule will be during that time of the day. This is also a great tool for students that struggle with speaking.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE: You choose the board and pictures based on student needs. Includes blank cards to customize.
  • HOME OR SCHOOL USE: With over 60 cards to choose from, this system can be used at home or in the classroom.
  • STURDY STORAGE BOX: This system comes in a sturdy storage box to keep all of the pieces together in one place at home or at school.

Visual Schedules for Preschoolers

Please don’t let the word “preschool” cloud your opinion of this. If my child needs a “preschool” chart when he’s 25, so be it. I don’t care much for age labels.

Visual-Schedule-Template

I hope that these free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines are helpful to you and your kids.

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