Individualized instruction should be a part of EVERY autism program. While large group activities can be of great benefit, the variability of student needs require teachers to provide a substantial amount of individualized instruction. It can be challenging to organize and schedule not only students, but staff as well.
A picture schedule makes scheduling individual students with particular staff members a much easier task. Never again ask questions like, “Did you work with John already?”, “Where does Samantha go?”, “Who has not worked with Bill today?”
A picture schedule provides staff members with a quick visual reference that can help to:
- promote smooth transitions
- avoid confusion
- limit down time by allowing staff members to prepare for individual students
- promote skill generalization
THIS SCHEDULE IS MORE FOR STAFF THAN STUDENTS!
Take a look at my example and create one of your own! Here’s how to do it!
1. Take a picture of each staff member and student.
- Place on heavy cardstock.
- Laminate each picture separately.
- Attach Velcro to the back of each picture.
2. Decide on location of schedule:
- Chalkboard/white board
- Felt board (can be taken with staff member and re-adjusted without staff member having to move!)
3. Set-up schedule:
- Staff pictures on the left.
- Student pictures on the right.
- First rotation can be “set-up” before students arrive.
Note: Number of students scheduled with each staff member will vary based on student/staff ratio and individual student needs at any given time.
4. Update schedule for next block of individual instruction time:
- Option 1: Remove the bottom student picture(s) and place with staff member at the top. All other student pictures move down one staff member.
- Option 2: Re-schedule students based on individual student needs (components of a particular student’s program may require being grouped with another student, instructed individually, etc.).
Let us know how this schedule works for you!