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Visual Schedules

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Many kids I see in therapy struggle with following multi-step instructions or have a difficult time transitioning between tasks and/or completing routines. Visual schedules are a great way to learn a new skills or retain skills.


For kids who are visual learners, a picture sequence can be an aid to performing a new task such as completing a craft, cleaning up, brushing their teeth, getting dressed, or tying their shoes. Following a step-by-step visual picture allows children to be taught in a way that meets their unique learning style. Picture sequences may also benefit communication by putting a picture to a word as you are completing the task with them. Depending on the needs of the child they may benefit from having a picture that outlines each specific step or having general steps with fewer pictures. If you think your child would benefit from a picture sequence take pictures of each individual step of the task, place them in order on one piece of paper, add 1 to 2 word description next to each step, and a place to check off when that step is complete.


Visual schedules are a great way to outline a routine and build independence for your child. This may help them follow their morning routine that may look like, getting up, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, packing their bag and lunch, eating breakfast, and putting on shoes. Having a written or picture schedule can improve their ability to sequence, understand time management, increase independence, and improve their daily skills.

  • Place visual schedules in a page protector or laminate to re-use every time they complete the task or routine.

  • Use a dry erase marker to cross off steps as they go

  • Complete the routine with them the first few times and fade prompts each time you do the task or routine to build their independence


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