Supporting All Children with Visual Schedules

While everyone in the classroom benefits from using visual schedules, some children struggle with transitions more than others. Some children easily transition from one activity to the next but there are those who struggle so we want to support all children. Even from day to day, a child who generally transitions easily may be challenged to transition between activities for a variety of reasons, including if they are tired, upset or frustrated.

READ: Why You Should Use a Daily Picture Schedule

Visual schedules can help support children who are:

  • Unsure of what to do
  • Struggling with transitions
  • Anxious about upcoming activity
  • Off-task or easily distracted
  • Refusing to stop an activity
  • Refusing to participate
  • Having difficulty separating from a parent or caregiver
  • Struggling to wait
  • Needing to be in control 

More strategies for supporting children

  • Use a set of personalized picture cards on a ring the daily schedule to look at and review throughout the day
  • Offer a transitional toy or item to carry to the next activity
  • Have a friend invite the child to the next activity
  • Use a visual timer

READ: Transitions So Smooth You’ll Want to Sing

Download Visual Schedule Cards

Create your own visual schedule with these daily routine schedule cards and start using your picture schedule today!


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