Fisher Price Daily Routine

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The Fisher Price Daily Routine is one of the most popular visual supports we offer. It is similar to the bedtime/morning routines, but this one can be utilized during the day or really any time! We can customize the PECS to an individual’s personal schedule. This example includes a pocket at the bottom to place extra PECS in, allowing for a lot of flexibility. This schedule is great because individuals are able to attain independence and feel as though they are in control by moving the activities they complete to the “Done” side.

Halloween – Carving Pumpkins & Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween can be a scary time for children… This visual support will enable individuals to participate in the Halloween festivities. There are two separate visual supports: one for carving pumpkins, and one for trick-or-treating! Visual supports are helpful because they can alleviate anxiety by preparing the child for what will happen next.

First, Then (Primero, Luego)

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The “First, Then” item offers support for individuals who tend to be impatient or always looking to do the next activity, go to the next place, etc. This activity helps them to see that first they must do [activity/go someplace] then they can do what they want (or get some type of reward, such as free time). Helping the child visualize this helps them to understand that they will get to the activity or place they want, but they must first do what is being asked of them. This visual aid is easy to make, but can be requested from the resource room an along with all other visual supports, is available in Spanish.

“Wait” Picture Support Board

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Most children have difficulty waiting for something they want or that is motivating them. This difficulty is particularly difficult for children with autism and other developmental disorders. Pictures can be used to help children who are non-verbal or on the autism spectrum to communicate their wants and needs. The “Wait” picture support board uses 5 symbols in addition to a picture (PEC) of the desired activity or event. We can customize these pictures to meet each individual’s needs. This item is also very portable, making it easy to use at home, in the car, at school, or anywhere else.

To use:  Place the picture support board with five to six “wait” symbols (stars or hand with “wait” written)on it in the child’s line of sight. Use verbal cues along with the symbols to help the child understand that s/he has to wait. Remove the symbols from the board one at a time as time passes; you will need to judge the pace pictures should be removed based on the amount of time needed to wait. Once the waiting period is over, have the child remove the last picture when s/he can visibly see the waiting period is over.

The Incredible 5-Point Scale

IMG_0502The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Buron & Curtis, 2003) is a simple strategy that involves breaking down behaviors into concrete parts in order to help an individual  more easily understand their own responses and feelings and ultimately learn to manage their behavior. This technique can be very effective with a wide range of individuals and can be used to target any behavior. This item is always available in our resource room. 

All About the Number

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This visual support is an interactive poster board that can be used to help individuals learn numbers.  It is typically used with numbers 1 through 20.  Facilitators use this board by selecting a number of focus.  They then explore the number with the individuals they are teaching by spelling it, counting it out, and figuring out the numbers that come before and after it.

Poster Sized Emotions Thermometer

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This visual support is a large version of the emotions thermometer we carry in stock in the resource room, which is based off of “The incredible 5-Point Scale”.  The emotions thermometer helps individuals break down emotions into concrete parts to help them identify and better understand their feelings.  This is done by breaking down emotions into numbers, colors, pictures, and words and formatting them into the shape of a thermometer.  We carry index card sized and an 8 x 11 sized emotion thermometers in stock in the resource room, but the poster sized emotions thermometers are only made upon request.

Match It-Emotions Edition

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Using visual representations of emotions, this book has children match the expression they see on the face on a card to the word for that emotion.  Kit comes with cards of cartoon faces expressing different emotions and velcro spots with labeled emotions to which a student matches them.

If available, item can be checked out from the resource room at no cost.

Sort Clothing By Color or Type

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This learning aid focuses on categorizing clothing type and color.  This kit’s objectives include color comprehension, as well as ability to understand patterns.  The kit includes two folders with matching Velcro pieces to sort.

If available, item can be checked out from the resource room at no cost.

Morning and Bedtime Schedule

IMG_20130108_162248For this schedule, we weren’t quite sure which style would work best so we made it in two styles.  The morning schedule is currently set up so that as the kiddo finishes the task, he or she puts it picture card in the done pocket.  The bedtime schedule is currently set up so that the kiddo moves the picture card to the done column upon completion.  We set up the Velcro for both versions for both schedules that way the family can choose what works best.  We used Boardmaker for the pictures and laminated file folders as the backing.

Schedule Making Tip: Velcro Management

Match up both sides of the Velcro before affixing the picture card to the schedule.  This ensures it will line up correctly every time.  Also, make sure to have all the Velcro on the movable pictures be the same (either all soft or all scratchy).  That way if you need to move the order of the schedule around, you don’t have to worry about the Velcro not matching up.