Creating order and predictability with a visual schedule
Transitions can be difficult, especially for students who have autism and other communication disabilities. Learners may experience challenges while completing tasks or moving to new events during their day. The resulting anxiety can lead to inappropriate behaviors and disruptions to instruction. Providing predictability—in the form of a visual schedule—reduces anxiety and helps your students stay focused on the task at hand.
Promote independence and minimize anxiety
Prominently displayed visual schedules help students see the sequence of events in their day and feel prepared. With minimal prompting, students are better able to move from one subject or activity to the next.
With Positivity, this self‑empowerment is at the heart of each day. The visual schedule can be displayed on the classroom whiteboard and on students’ 1:1 devices, alerting learners to what comes next and helping them prepare for a new event. In addition to staying on task, students are gaining important lifelong and career skills—learning to manage their time and navigate their day with independence.
Meet diverse scheduling needs
Choose time-based scheduling or add flexibility with Schedule On Demand, which allows teachers, service providers, parents, caregivers, and students to manually advance events on the schedule to match their individual needs. Give needed latitude for both in-school and remote learners, while keeping them on task. This feature is ideal for retaining the day’s structure and continuing to deliver pre-assigned behavior strategies!
A visual schedule is simple to build and integrate with Positivity. If you use other n2y solutions, you’ll build and manage your master schedule from one convenient place. Then Positivity lets you individualize or add events without adjusting your master schedule. Once created, your visual schedule updates automatically throughout the day, supporting your classroom management and keeping your students focused.
Sudden change in schedule?
No problem! Your visual schedule can be updated at a moment’s notice to keep you and your students on track and ensure your pre-scheduled strategies are implemented. Whether you finish a lesson early or start running behind, you can easily end or extend an event.
Implement with fidelity and best practices
- Create an inclusive and effective visual schedule within Positivity—in addition to each academic block, you can easily add routines, like clean‑up times, and event changes on an as‑needed basis.
- The visual schedule will display with high visibility in all of your n2y solutions, ensuring that students can see it throughout the day.
- Pair the visual schedule with other strategies in Positivity, including the decision tree, video modeling, break card, incentive, and social narrative strategies, timing them as needed to reinforce individual students’ success with independent navigation of their day’s events.
- Build alarms into your schedule to support individual needs and further empower independence.
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