My student had a schedule and is now doing so well that she doesn’t need it anymore.
Years ago when I taught in a special needs preschool, my students on the Autism Spectrum each had a schedule. They enjoyed using the schedule and were able to navigate through the day much more successfully than without it. When they moved on to Kindergarten, they faced a change in classroom, teacher and building. Most kindergarten teachers were willing to use the schedule to help smooth out the transition process for the little ones. They quickly saw the benefits of using the schedule. The students just did so well! When moving on to upper elementary school, this success was many times interpreted as having outgrown the need for a schedule. Nothing could be further from the truth for most of the students. Just because a student reads the white board well when wearing glasses, we don’t take the glasses away. It is the same with using a schedule well. As children move through the grades, academic expectations grow, social rules become more complex, daily routines become more varied and puberty starts to have an impact. Without the support of individualized daily schedules, students can become highly stressed and less able to handle even those situations that before were manageable. Learning to use a schedule is a skill that individuals on the Autism Spectrum will use throughout their age span.
Almost without exception, I believe that students on the Autism Spectrum need to learn to use Daily Schedules as a vital life skill.
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