Developing Full Potential through Play & Learning
Many young children and children with special needs prefer things to stay the same, especially their routines. The use of visual supports, specifically visual timetables and schedules, can decrease anxiety and increase understanding in children.
Why use a timetable or schedule?
When children prefer routine and same-ness they can become anxious when they do not know what is going to happen next or what to expect throughout the day. Timetables and schedules can provide structure and information about what is going to happen, allay fears and uncertainties, and allow the child to participate more fully throughout the day.
Clear timetables and schedules:
o Tell the child what's happening next
o Help the child transition from one activity to another
o Help the child with organising and attending
o Help to increase the child's motivation to participate in a range of activities
o Help to structure the child's day