Visual routines in every day life opposed to verbal routines will help toddlers, small children with language and learning difficulties, children with Autism, process the information and what it is your are asking them to do.
Visual routines for everyday functioning can help create a calmer environment at home. Visual supports allow more time for processing information whereas auditory instructions may need to be repeated several times.
Are you tired of hearing yourself say over and over again, have a bath, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas blah blah?
Getting small children to bed at a reasonable hour can be an exhausting process.
Help your toddler, child with Autism, language and learning difficulties by keeping your visual routines at home simple.
Visual support cards should have clear backgrounds, with no background distractions.
Cluttered visual supports can take away from the main focus of what your are trying to communicate. So clear visuals with limited background distractions.
Laminated cards with velcro give you the flexibility to change the routine around, based on the needs of your family.
Place a visual support card on your timetable.
Dinner – Bath – Pyjamas & Brush Teeth – Toilet & Wash Hands – Book & Bed.
When finished you can remove the visual support from the schedule to show that the activity is complete.
A visual routine is a wonderful way to sit with your child and go through the routine together especially if you have a toddler that is starting to communicate, a child with Autism and/or language and learning difficulties. Create a calmer more relaxed before going to bed at night. Sweet dreams little one.