Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Calendars and Visual Schedules

When we talk about visuals, here are some things to remember. 
  CLEARLY DEFINE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. If your child is young then this will be much easier to do.   The older the child is, the more finesse is needed.  We need to look at this from a big picture and a small picture standpoint.  I could help by looking at your child’s  schedule and homework for the week and/or month and developing a calendar.  If his learning style is more visual, a calendar is much more important.  This will help him “see” what is coming up and that he has 2 tests, an English paper and a social studies project due during the week before spring break.  If he “sees it”  it is amazing how much easier it is to get many children to comply.  If he’s not “buying,” little progress will be made.     This is something an adult may need to do for him for a while.  The goal will be to transfer it to him to maintain eventually but that probably isn’t realistic in the beginning.    
TIME EACH ACTIVITY including preparation (when do I need to start getting ready for soccer if I leave at 5:00.)    This helps the child to stay on track and learn how long typical activities take.  This will bring lots of benefit including less conflict.
 USE WEEKLY SCHEDULE during a planning time once a week.  This planning time is essential to make sure everything on the schedule for the coming week has been adequately communicated or changed.  This time will help the schedule to work and cut conflicts down if everyone is on the same page and understands the expectations associated with the schedule.