A visual schedule of the day ahead is a great way to help a child who needs to know what to expect and who gets anxious with unstructured time. When there’s a change to the normal routine it’s easy to add to or replace the symbols in a TomTag schedule.
Children can often get stressed or upset and display negative behaviour when they’re expected to transition between activities without any warning or preparation. Clear visual prompts that show events and activities in the order they will happen help an individual to anticipate the changes and transition better.
Verbal instructions can be difficult to recall but a visual reminder provides consistent and easily accessible instruction which encourages independence and personal responsibility. FIRST-THEN prompts are a good starting point for teaching sequencing and encouraging task completion, particularly for less-preferred activities e.g. FIRST get dressed, THEN watch TV.
This kit also includes behaviour-related symbols which can be useful in promoting appropriate behaviour at home, going out or when having visitors.
Typical users might include:
- Children and young people with communication difficulties
- Children and young people with developmental disabilities
- Visual learners (common in individuals with autism)
- Anyone with executive functioning (memory and organisation) difficulties (eg. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD)
[quote style=”boxed”]Fantastic visual aids with a good variety of changeable pictures. What a simple way to walk our children through day to day life.[/quote]
– Michele, Facebook review