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Lesson plan

Schedule Boxes

A tactile object schedule can help children with transitions throughout the day.

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Charlotte Cushman and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Many students with multiple disabilities have difficulty making a smooth transition between activities. This may occur because they are unable to anticipate the next event in the day and so they are not able to prepare themselves for a transition. By learning to use a daily schedule box, the student can learn to anticipate what will happen next. With this activity, students will improve sequencing skills, anticipate upcoming events, develop predictable routines and ease transitions between activities. Lessons include English Language Arts, Concept Development, Math, Independent Living Skills and Social Skills.

For more information on calendar boxes and schedule systems, go here.

Hint: Discuss the sequence of events throughout the day so that students can learn what to expect next.




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