Visual timetables 3

schedules, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.

Here’s a great description of exactly how a visual timetable can work in a classroom. Nicole works with Autistic children in the US and is working on her Phd. She writes:

the “wall” of schedules – each student goes to their schedule, takes off the top picture which tells them what happens next … they take the “sticker” to the location in the classroom with a matching picture on a little bucket, place the “sticker” in the bucket and then do whatever the task is (example, if the next sticker says PE, it will have a picture of kids lining up … they take it to the door, where there is a container with a picture of kids lining up on it … they put their sticker in the bucket and then go to PE, if it says carpet, they put the sticker in the carpet container then sit on the carpet, etc.)



Feelings, originally uploaded by angela_oxon.

I wonder if these are stock photos or photos of children in the school? I like the general idea of the display but I wonder if it might have more impact for SEN if these were familiar faces. This display is based in the SEN classroom.
There are some good, free, on-line resources for face reading including Rubberface That uses drawings or this one The Feelings (no longer available) game . I’ve used them with children with syntatic pragmatic disorder or just general speech and language difficulties.
On another note I wonder how much the border adds to this display. I’m assuming it is a pre-cut bought one. Personally I think it’s too busy and will distract children from the thrust of the display.
I like the interactive elements though. It might be fun to have 2 feelings wheels – then the person working with the children could express theirs as well!