Below is our autism picture schedule After School I Can, created for MJ to show him what he will do after school and to help him transition from one activity to another. They help us plan after school activities and to offer him choices.
This visual schedule is made with personal photos of daily living, homework and favorite activities. We hope these photos will give you ideas to help you create picture schedules for your child.
The questions above are: What did you do today? What did you see? Who did you play with? What did you do? What did you eat? What did you drink?
When MJ arrives home from school after a long day he may have trouble recalling activities and events of his day. The questions shown in this photo suggest questions to ask a child after school to help her learn to answer the question "What did you do at school today?" For more questions and practical ways to teach communication check out:
On those days there are homework assignments the photo above can be put in any order of after school activities, such as after snack or dinner or before bedtime.
After School I Can picture schedule may help a child understand and transition better from one task or activity to another. Special interests and favorite things to do are good motivators and can be used as a reward for appropriate behavior, learning or completing an activity.
Computers are an excellent learning tool for many autistic children. Computer games are interactive and fun, including therapeutic games. Keyboarding skills can be learned during computer time.