My student has the schedule memorized after the first week at school and doesn’t need to use a visual or written schedule anymore.
I have seen individuals very adept at memorizing schedules. I wish I could remember things as well as many of the children on the Autism Spectrum are able to do. I know of students in schools that have memorized complex schedules, knowing details such as gym on every other Tuesday alternating with music. Some even know that teacher staff development day is the second Wednesday of each month. What many of these amazing individuals don’t do so well is deal with those pesky inconsistent changes that happen all too often. A heavy snow storm means that school will be delayed or that work is closed down for the day. What may seem like an inconvenience (or a boon) to many, can seem catastrophic to individuals who are routine bound. Helping these individuals adapt the schedule to the changes will help individuals themselves adapt to the new situation. "Instead of relying on a set of memorized routines, we can teach individuals to rely on their schedules. The schedule is the student’s anchor." (See Flexible Thinking under Comment 1) The routine has changed but the schedule remains that consistent anchor or positive support.