My child is easily directed and doesn’t need a schedule. I just show him what to do.
This seems like it should be fine for young children. We tend to direct all young children because they don’t yet have many of the skills needed for operating independently. We usually don’t have to teach independence because most typically developing children naturally seek independence. In contrast, many of our children on the Autism Spectrum tend to develop a need for independence much more slowly and instead seek comfort in keeping things the same. This sameness may take the form of establishing routines or relying on others to help. Often, an easily directed child may be one that is learning to reduce anxiety by being becoming dependent on others. Teaching children comfortable ways to become independent using a schedule can be a foundation for future growth in independence. Most young children with whom I have worked find that using a color coded, matching picture schedule is fun.