Thursday, January 14, 2021

Visual Schedules

 Many people--adults and children alike--have trouble keeping track of their mental "to do" list.  That's why having a written checklist or pictures of what comes next can help, especially if a person with ADD/ADHD has trouble with executive functioning.

We've used many systems to stay organized over the years and are constantly updating!  Here are some photos of just a few ways we've kept track of our "to do's" and built up routines over time.  For most people it takes about two months of regular, consistent practice to adopt a new habit or routine.

These are magnetic and stick to the white board or refrigerator.  We separated them into two groups of five:  half are for the morning routine before school and half are for evening, before bed.  It's not an exhaustive list, but includes things often forgotten.

When we were homeschooling we had a lot of outside activities and each day was different.  With the help of my "artist daughter" I made these strips of tagboard and velcro.  Each night I would load up the schedule for the next day.  Numbers represent workboxes with schoolwork (see below).  Picture cards are for activities that don't fit into boxes!

Based on the Workbox System, these cubbies and men's plastic shoeboxes are full of workbooks, flashcards, and textbooks we needed on a regular basis for homeschooling.
There used to be a great program called Accountable Kids, which utilized a sticker and ticket system of keeping track of chores, rewards and goals.  If you are interested in more info on this I can write another post with details and more photos.  Systems that hold young children accountable are great!

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