I can’t get my student to use her schedule. When I tried to use a picture schedule, my child really balked and it caused a behavior problem.
This reaction often happens when individuals are already feeling stressed out. They may have already tried establishing their own routines the best they can and are finding that these routines are not working well. It often happens that if we don’t quickly set up positive routines for our students, they will set up their own routines. They feel the need for the consistency routines provide. Their own routines may not be very functional yet difficult to change once they are established. When introducing the schedule, make it as simple as possible to use. You may want to rearrange events, if possible, so they quickly see the benefit in using the schedule. (For example: Group Reading Table is followed by Computer Lab. Low interest/ high interest. First / then.) Personalizing the schedule with the student’s special interest as a motif often helps motivate usage. The schedule should be designed to be as simple as possible for the individual user. This is not the place to use difficult fasteners to improve fine motor strength or work on reading by using unfamiliar words. Design the schedule to be useful even on the individual’s worst day.