Spctrum Key's example of the most basic visual schedule


      Visual Schedules provide structure and create more understanding about the environment for children with autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Visual schedules support structure in the environment, create expectations and provide a sense of understanding about the environment

  Oftentimes they support transitions between activities by helping thereby making things “known”.  A child who better understands what is expected, or what is happening, experiences less frustration and anxiety. Not surprisingly, this will often decrease negative or resistant behaviors.

      Schedules can be general, covering segments of the day, or they can be very task specific (FIRST I wash my hands THEN I eat snack). Some visual schedules may list all of the activities for a particular day, while others may only present events that occur during a more limited period (i.e., morning only, after school). In some classroom there is one schedule for the entire class. In other learning environments, each child has their own schedule for the day

      Too often though, this versatile and effective tool has been underused. Like having Renoir draw coloring books! It can do so much more than it often does.  Spectrum Keys developed their comprehensive photo dictionary, in part, to allow parents and educators to create more individualized, responsive and adaptive visual schedules, with ease.

 We built a photo dictionary based on research that suggests that children on the spectrum often have difficulty with symbolic drawings of images (as do younger children in general). Pictures of real objects, with minimal background noise or with a natal context background  are simply using a sharper tool.

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