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Visual timetable for home

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Thisismynewname123 Wed 06-Jul-16 14:21:17

I've been advised to keep a visual timetable at home to help with morning, evening and weekend routines. I don't know where to start though. Do people buy one, or if you make one, how do you go about it? I'd rather buy one as I don't have the time (or inclination/craft skills!) to make it (I work full time) but if you buy one can you personalise them in such a way so that your child's/family's activities are included?
If anyone has a particularly good resource they can recommend, please could you share smile.

I've found Twinkl to be very good for these kind of things but quite a lot you do need a subscription for. It's been worth it for us because they have such a great range of resources. Whichever you go for it may be a case of trial and error to see what works for your child. Mine likes the idea of a visual timetable in theory and enjoyed using one at school but in practice it was rarely looked at and in the end got destroyed by being played with. Hope you find something that works for you smile

PoppyAmex Wed 06-Jul-16 15:07:33

There are a lot of visual aids on eBay, some of which you can even costumise for you DC.

We used one very briefly for specific purposes but faded it out asap.

zzzzz Wed 06-Jul-16 22:33:10

Just get some magnetic picture frames and stick them on the fridge.

"Visual timetables" are just timetables with pictures or colours to help non-readers follow them.

Seriously don't overthink the whole thing.

Ineedmorepatience Wed 06-Jul-16 23:14:35

Photos work well ad you can get your Dc to help to make it, this might help s/he to take ownership of it too.

We used ours for yrs, it saved all the horrible nagging smile

Thisismynewname123 Thu 07-Jul-16 10:01:48

Thanks. We've used lists in the past that she ticks off. They have helped with things that she just has to do (such as getting dressed) but when it comes to things she doesn't want to do (like homework or reading) she would either just tick it off or cross that one out after the novelty wore off after a couple of days! But we'll give it another go because I know that it does help and is something she responds well to

zzzzz Thu 07-Jul-16 10:36:32

Homework dodging is entirely appropriate behaviour grin

LyndaNotLinda Thu 07-Jul-16 10:40:59

I just download cartoons from the internet and do the timetables on powerpoint. You can buy laminators really cheaply from Wilko so that your child can tick things off with whiteboard markers if they are that way inclined.

DS is the sort of child who rolls his eyes at ticking but will grudgingly accept when he's transgressing agreed times (oh - that was key - getting him to sit down with me and work out timing for things so that he had bought into them, albeit slightly resentfully!)

LyndaNotLinda Thu 07-Jul-16 10:42:32

Also we have a whiteboard which I update every month with everything that's happening. It's at DS's eye level rather than mine. I have different coloured pens for different things

Thisismynewname123 Thu 07-Jul-16 19:55:26

Thanks Lynda. I'll look for a laminator and try to do this myself. Yes, ticking the tasks off once done is very much her thing

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