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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?

From Wikipedia: 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.

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.

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

Tip for using these free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines: Look below, and definitely print the first one. Then find others that suit your needs and print that to use with number 1.

Reasons that Parents may not use 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.

30 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 more than 30 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

  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!)
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  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
  12. Clothing Cards to use with morning routines by Do2Learn*
  13. Daily Routine Cards-Dressing and Undressing-use with morning and night time by Do2Learn*
  14. Organized Routine Printables by All Things Fee*
  15. Daily Routine Printables 4 by Priceless Parenting*
  16. Small Visual Schedule Printables by Living Well With Autism*
  17. Various Printable Schedule Cards by And Next Comes L*
  18. Huge List of Task Card Printables by Victories n’ Autism*
  19. Morning Visual Routine Printable Flash Cards by Living Locurto*
  20. Morning Schedule Printable by I Should Be Mopping the Floor*
  21. DIY Picture Chore Chart tutorial by My Name is Snickerdoodle*
  22. DIY Hanging Visual Schedule tutorial by How Does She*
  23. DIY Weekly Magnetic Visual Board with Printables by So You Think You’re Crafty
  24. Daily Visual Schedule for Kids Free Printable by Natural Beach Living
  25. Daily Activity and Task Cards by Victories N Autism
Bestseller No. 1
SchKIDules Home Bundle Visual Schedule: Daily Kids Calendar and Weekly Responsibility Chart All in One; 18' Trifold Magnetic Board, 72 Activity Magnets and 57 Accessory Magnets
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SchKIDules Home Bundle Visual Schedule: Daily Kids Calendar and Weekly Responsibility Chart All in One; 18" Trifold Magnetic Board, 72 Activity Magnets and 57 Accessory Magnets
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: (1) two-sided 18” tri-folding board, 72 2x2 Home-Themed Activity magnets, new headings and now comes with 36 star magnets for a complete solution to your daily and weekly visual schedule needs.
  • GROWS WITH YOUR CHILD: start with small daily schedules and graduate to weekly views. Use the folding board and different headings to build the schedule that is perfect for your child's age
  • READY-MADE: You’ve got everything you need to hang this board and start using it right away. It comes with a hanging nylon rope, 72 pre-cut, laminated, home theme activity magnets, 21 headings magnets and 36 stars.
  • GAME CHANGER:Behavioral game changer for a strong-willed child, type A child, distracted or forgetful child, a child who prefers visual learning, a child with ADHD or a child on the Autism Spectrum
  • EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL: Your child will love this approach to learning, independence and behavioral expectations. The fun but clear pictures communicate on their level and at the same time put parents and child on the same page
Bestseller No. 2
SchKIDules Deluxe Bundle Visual Schedule: Daily Kids Calendar and Weekly Responsibility Chart All in One; 18' Trifold Magnetic Board, 132 Activity Magnets and 57 Accessory Magnets
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SchKIDules Deluxe Bundle Visual Schedule: Daily Kids Calendar and Weekly Responsibility Chart All in One; 18" Trifold Magnetic Board, 132 Activity Magnets and 57 Accessory Magnets
  • BRAND NEW! SchKIDules upgraded 2-in-1 Complete Collection Bundle is ALL NEW! This new product has a larger 18” tri-folding reversible board, 21 new headings, 36 stars, 72 Home Themed magnets, 30 School Themed magnets and 30 Special Needs themed magnets.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE: Our new folding, reversible board offers parents lots of choices for set up. Choose the blue side for daily use, the back for weekly use, and the folded panel for a smaller focus or a token board.
  • READY-MADE: You’ve got everything you need to hang this board and start using it right away. It comes with a hanging nylon rope, and all of our magnets from our Home, School and Specials Collections.
  • GAME CHANGER: You may fall in love with this product if you have a strong-willed child, type A child, distracted or forgetful child, a child who prefers visual learning, a child with ADHD or a child on the Autism Spectrum
  • EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL: Your child will love this approach to learning, independence and behavioral expectations. The fun but clear pictures communicate on their level and at the same time put parents and child on the same page
Bestseller No. 3
ASD Visual Schedule for Home
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ASD Visual Schedule for Home
  • 35 Widgit(T) symbols, 2 display boards (297 x 105mm) and VELCRO Brand hook and loop to attach the symbols to the boards. Simply display the boards on your wall one beneath the other, and attach the symbols in the order in which those activities will happen in your day. This communicates to the user what is going to happen therefore reducing anxiety and bringing calm.
  • Symbol cards measure approximately 6 x 5cm and include: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, drink, toilet, brush teeth, get dressed, brush hair, bath, shower, school, tidy up, car, homework, swimming, baseball, basketball, shopping, walk, story, bedtime, playground, pajamas, Grandparents, play, friends, club, watch T.V., wash face, home, medication, milk, phone, & tablet.
  • A great visual schedule for kids with autism, aspergers, adhd, down's syndrome and speech and language delay.
  • Helps reduce stress and anxiety and brings calm by communicating to someone what is happening in their day.
  • Run by a Mum and teacher, this routine chart is sold under licence from Widgit Symbols (C) Widgit Software 2002 -2020
SaleBestseller No. 4
SchKIDules 153 Pc Deluxe Collection Box Set for Visual Schedules, Kids Calendars and Behavior Charts: 132 Home, School and Special Needs Themed Activity Magnets Plus 21 Headings Magnets
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SchKIDules 153 Pc Deluxe Collection Box Set for Visual Schedules, Kids Calendars and Behavior Charts: 132 Home, School and Special Needs Themed Activity Magnets Plus 21 Headings Magnets
  • "EASY BUTTON" FOR PARENTS AT HOME: Making a visual schedule yourself can be frustrating. SchKIDules durable, magnetic icons are far superior to paper based versions, they are delivered ready to use so there is no work on your part, and they adhere to any magnetic surface so you have a clean slate to set up as many magnets as you want in whatever configuration fits your child’s developmental age.
  • MULTIPLE SET UPS: The Deluxe Set's Heading sheet makes it possible to set up both daily and weekly calendars. You can create everything from Daily To Do Lists and Routine Teachers to Weekly Schedules and Responsibility Charts when your child’s ready
  • BEHAVIORAL BENEFITS FROM VISUAL REINFORCEMENT: Use these magnets to help kids understand and remember what's next and what's expected. Toddlers, Visual learners, Kids with ADHD and some kids on the Autism Spectrum thrive on these visual supports
  • EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL: Your child will love this approach to learning and behavioral expectations. The fun but clear pictures communicate on their level and at the same time put parents and child on the same page
  • LONG LASTING: SchKIDules magnets are a robust 35 mil quality thickness (same as car magnets), 2" x 2" in size, laminated with a dry erase friendly finish. Most importantly, they are MADE IN THE USA.
SaleBestseller No. 5
SchKIDules 93 Pc Home Collection Combo Pack for Visual Schedules, Daily Routines and Behavior Charts: 72 Home-Themed Activity Magnets Plus 21 Headings Magnets
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222 Reviews
SchKIDules 93 Pc Home Collection Combo Pack for Visual Schedules, Daily Routines and Behavior Charts: 72 Home-Themed Activity Magnets Plus 21 Headings Magnets
  • READY-MADE: Enjoy easy setup of an instant visual schedule or kids calendar on any magnetic surface
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOOK AND PURPOSE: 21 Headings magnets allow you to create everything from To Do Lists, to Routine Teachers to Weekly Schedules
  • BENEFIT FROM VISUAL REINFORCEMENT: Use these magnets to help kids understand and remember what's next and what's expected. Toddlers, Visual learners, Type-A kiddos, Kids with ADHD and some kids on the Autism Spectrum thrive on these visual supports
  • EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL: Your child will love this approach to learning and behavioral expectations. The fun but clear pictures communicate on their level and at the same time put parents and child on the same page
  • LONG LASTING: SchKIDules magnets are a robust 35 mil quality thickness, 2" x 2" in size, laminated with a dry erase friendly finish. MADE IN THE USA!

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.

  1. Editable Visual Schedule-from Teachers Pay Teachers
  2. Magnetic What’s Up Weekly Board-from So You Think You’re Crafty
  3. Visual Schedule-from Panda Speech Therapy
  4. Visual Schedule Preschool Cards-from Teachers Pay Teachers
  5. Visual Schedule-from Teachers Pay Teachers
  6. Multi-Purpose Visual Schedule-from Teachers Pay Teachers
  7. Toddler Morning Visual Schedule-from Teachers Pay Teachers
  8. Visual Schedule for Toddlers by Teaching Mama

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

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