How stressed out are you by daily routines? I mean, it’s something that we do, as a household every.single.day. Whyyyyy does it have to be so stressful? Most of us do not follow a visual schedule for our time at home though often our kids use them at school. However, individuals with ASD often have greater difficulties coping with unstructured time than neurotypical people and may benefit from increased structure in their lives. It also can help a child with anxiety who is often fretting over “what is going to happen next.” A visual schedule helps them plan for what is going to happen next, even if it is a non-preferred activity. It’s even better when that visual schedule is free! I hope this makes your mornings easier!
I am going to try a couple of these. My son’s communication is very limited and we’ve never done this though I know he has one at school. Sesame Street just launched some new Daily Routine Cards, I think I may try those first.
23 free printable Visual Schedules for home and daily routines
- First, Next and Then Printables by Seomra Ranga
- First and Then Printables by Seomra Ranga
- Organized Rountine Printables by All Things Fee
- Morning Routine Printable by Laura’s Crafty Life
- Daily Routine Printables by Kansas Technical Asisstance Network
- Daily Routine Printables 2 by Get Snazzy
- Daily Routine Printable 3 by Unknown Source
- Daily Routine Printables 4 by Priceless Parenting
- Bedtime Routine Printables by Peonies and Poppyseeds
- Routine Printable Cards by Childhood101
- Waiting Your Turn Printable by Teachers Pay Teachers
- Home and School Printables by Printables by Jan
- Home Morning Schedule Printable by From ABCs to ACTs
- Small Visual Schedule Printables by Living Well With Autism
- Brushing Your Teeth & Washing Hands Visual Schedule Printable by TACA Now
- Huge List of Task Card Printables by Victories n’ Austism
- Morning Schedule Printable by I Heart Organizing
- Various Printable Schedule Cards by And Next Comes 1
- Morning Visual Routine Printable Flash Cards by Living Locurto
- Morning Schedule Printable by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
- DIY Picture Chore Chart by My Name is Snickerdoodle
- DIY Hanging Visual Schedule by How Does She
- DIY Weekly Magnetic Visual Board with Printables by So You Think You’re Crafty
Benefits of using visual schedules for children with autism
The advantages to using a visual schedule for children with some disabilities including autism are:
- It 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;
- It can increase the individual’s flexibility;
- It helps the individual remain calm and reduces inappropriate behaviors; and
- It helps the individual to develop independence and resulting self-esteem.
Reasons that parents may not use visual schedules in the home
Despite these benefits, setting up a visual schedule can seem like a daunting, time-consuming task for many parents. Keep in mind that the schedule doesn’t have to be perfect, computer printed and laminated like the ones you often see at workshops or that teachers make work just fine. Your son or daughter is equally likely to respond to stick figure pictures that you draw on post-it notes as they are to printed images.
Additionally, the time you invest in putting together the schedule could result in saving you time in the form of dealing with behavior problems and leading your over-dependent son or daughter through activities. It is also likely to save your son or daughter time by increasing their skills. But, in order to make it easier for you, I have found 23 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.
Find more information at Indiana University website.