Many children on the autism spectrum benefit from routines and structure. But how do we, as parents, provide this structure for them? It’s really easier than you think when you use free visual printables for autism.
In fact, all it takes is a little bit of repetition and you’ll have created a functional daily routine and schedule for your child in no time at all. Still confused as to the how and the why? Or maybe you just want to start simple?
I’ve got you covered there too with my free printable daily schedule for autism– designed to help you with setting up a functional routine at home.
Why use a daily routine schedule printable?
Sweet B, because of her autism, is a very visual person.
We use visual schedules for her at home and she also uses them at school. Additionally, she uses PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System) to communicate at both home and school. Because of this I wanted to try out a new visual schedule for her, in hopes that we would be able to begin using that one at home instead.
Thus, the daily routine printable that you see here was created! This was one of the first printable packs that I created and remains one of my favorites.
Visual schedules are so important for my non-verbal daughter. So I have made it a goal, here at Kori at Home, to make and share free printables for autistic children to help fellow moms, caregivers, and educators. It ties in to the main mission and vision for what I do.
My friend Kim over at Natural Beach Living also has an amazing resource for daily visual schedules for kids.
After stumbling on Edu-Clips, I knew I was set.
The variety in the set was just what I was looking for and I figured that if I just printed in black and white, we would be okay. We’re still making the transition over to this schedule as she was used to a different one, but the transition is going mostly okay.
When it comes to starting a daily schedule for autistic children, sometimes you’ll want to start simple and build from there.
Can I use this as a daily routine for a 9 year old?
This schedule was meant to be adapted for any age. It can be used for a pre-reader or for a child who is looking to increase their independence. So yes, I would say with some modification and repetition that yes you can use this for a 9 year old.
In fact, I think using this for a 9 year old greatly helps to increase their independence in creating a routine that works best for them. It helps to take the chaos out of the morning, after-school, and evening portions of their day. Combined with other elements of my free Visual Schedule toolkit (download below), you can combine more parts to create a routine.
Can I use this as a daily schedule for kids at home?
Absolutely yes! That’s really what it was designed for in the first place. The morning routine cards are better suited for children who are already in school. Though with the preschool day or homeschool schedule (which you can find in the Visual Schedule toolkit), you can easily swap out and replace those elements as well.
And even though this says it’s for Autism, you could also use this with a non-reader or any child who thrives with visual schedules.
You can also use this as a visual schedule for a toddler or preschooler.
The main point of it was just to have a starting point for creating and implementing visual schedules.
What’s inside the Daily Routine Printable
The printable pack includes:
* Morning chart, evening chart, blank chart, and routine cards. Also included are suggestions for use outside of a visual schedule.
* I would love to know what you think if you’ve downloaded this set!
* If you have suggestions for future printable packs, please let me know! I’m open to suggestions.
To get started with visual schedules, download the Autism Family Life Toolkit for Parents of Autistic Children
What’s inside the Visual Schedule Toolkit:
- Bedtime Routine Chart and Cards
- My Homeschool/School Day
- My Preschool/PreK Day
- Mealtime Choices
- What to Wear Today
Be on the lookout for a brand new version coming out soon! And if you simply cannot wait that long, I also have a Personal Schedule printable pack for sale in my shop! This printable packs takes the best of my printable schedule concepts and adds on.
Looking for more transition aids? Be sure to check out these simple transitional strategies for autistic kids.