I was probably born organizing my diapers. By nature, I am an organized person and LOVE organization. So keeping a daily schedule with Bubs has not been a hard thing because I already crave that. I realize that some people take the “whatever” approach on time. But I was reminded of the importance of a schedule for sensory kids by two different friends. So, I decided to blog some ideas.
Of course you have seen Super Nanny’s schedules that she places on the walls of the families she works with. Simply put it is a list of times and activities starting with the child waking up and the child going to bed. The problem that I have with this schedule is that our days look different depending on therapy days, church days, etc.
About three years ago, I created a flip chart schedule. I found pictures online (not in the picture above) or in color books that illustrated the activity. (ie. picture of brushing teeth, eating, reading, Memory Obstacle Course, library, etc.) I happened to have a flip chart that allowed for the pictures to be changed out. So on the different days, I exchanged the pictures to reflect that specific day.
What I liked about the flip chart is that Bubs took ownership in flipping to the next activity. Also, it lends well to the “B doesn’t happen until A is finished” philosophy.
Another thing we do is to talk about the “plans” of the day. “This and then this and then that…” We also talk about how the plans may change and that is okay!
I found this daily schedule pocket chart in my search for pictures. Obviously this is for a classroom but could easily be used for a family. I like how easy this chart would be to change. Instead of seeing only one activity at a time, this style would show the entire day. Remember to include pictures for children who can not read yet.
Sensory children can really struggle with the changes of routine. Since life is ever changing, anything to prepare them for the changes can really head off a fit.
Click to view the Magnetic Board Visual Schedule we use now.