THIS INSTRUCTABLE IS DEDICATED TO DANIEL, THE FIRST BOY I WORKED WITH IN AN IN-HOME PROGRAM. BACK THEN DANIEL AND I WERE BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER. :-)
I know this isn't going to win brownie points for most of the instructables crowd but if you know someone who has a disability such as autism, this portable/ traveling schedule could be a lifesaver when it comes to behaviors such as meltdowns and tantrums.
DID YOU KNOW:
1 in 88 children have autism according to the CDC.
April is Autism month.
I used to work as a behavior specialist and created this after realizing the necessity for one.
Can you imagine being on called for a your job and not knowing when you are suppose to go in? Then when you least suspect it, you get a call to go in. You get all dressed up and head to work only to find out that they don't want you to work your normal job but instead usher you into the emergency room to do a triple bypass. Not only are you dressed up in a business suit, you aren't even a surgeon. Perhaps the most you have done is put a Band-Aid on your child's boo-boo. For some children, especially those with autism, not knowing what to expect out of a day easy as stressful as attempting triple bypass.
A schedule is designed to help a child know what to expect and for those who think in pictures or communicate through PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) this portable schedule could be a lifesaver.
The concept of a portable schedule came from a PECS training. However, there were no samples available of what one looked like so I never made one. Then a year later at one of my schools, one of my students was having a tantrum outside by the fence leading to the park. The para who was working with her attempted several times to tell her that the park was after lunch. The girl just continued to cry and lay on the ground. I ran inside to grab her classroom schedule which was done with icons. When the para showed her how the park icon was after the lunch icon, to our amazement, the girl immediately got up and went directly to class. Communication is such a beautiful thing. It was that night that I created this schedule. A picture is definitely worth a 100 words.
*Disclaimer: I am not a board certified behavior analysis, please consult with the appropriate authorizes if you need positive support in your child's behaviors.