GLEAN START Coaches Newsletter
Tips for engaging students with a school routine at home
Establish a Routine
Developing structure and routine benefits everyone. Routines help our student(s) understand what the expectations of the time and day are. Routines also help reduce anxiety because they understand what's happening now and next. Another huge benefit of routines is that they help build independence. Here are some simple tips:
- Your daily routine does not need to be school work all day long.
- Figure out a routine that works for your child and family.
- Alternate between school/work tasks and movement/fun activities.
- Be sure to develop some sort of visual to show the routine and refer to it at transitions.
- Additional routines you can build into the day include chores, reading, puzzles or creative time, outdoor time or exercise, snack and more.
Write it down
A simple paper & pencil schedule can work for some students. If your student is a non-reader, use color coding or shapes to help them recognize what it means. Sticky notes or note cards can work, too.
Easter Seals has a free school closure kit with lots of visuals (click the link)
Write it down
Create a school space
It doesn't have to be a desk but designate a space to use consistently for school work.
The Autism Helper shared ideas for establishing rules for school at home. Expectations should be what you want to see!
Define areas around the house for activities. Not only does this help get your student moving around but helps differentiate between activities.
Set small goals
For some students, a whole day's schedule is overwhelming. Break it down into smaller parts. Consider setting small goals for the hour or morning. Token systems are a great way to break down tasks and reinforce work completion. Also, be mindful of developmentally-appropriate time frames when establishing goals and routines.
First/Then is a simple way to alternate work with reward. It is NOT a mini schedule. Think: FIRST work, THEN reward.
Here is a simple token board from Easter Seals.
Set weekly or daily goals
Here is one example from Afirm.
Use a Timer
Visual Timers are used in lots of classrooms. TimeTimer apps are FREE right now.
Any timer will do! Use it consistently and it can be an amazing tool for routines and transitions!
Smart phone timer
Smart phones and tablets often have an alarm clock and timer built right in. Portable and great in any environment!
Create opportunities for Independence
Easter Seals has visual supports for life skills.
Afirm has great info on how to task analyze steps
It doesn't have to be complex. Simple checklists remind them of what needs to be done. Who doesn't like crossing things off our To do list?
Covid-19 School Closure Resources
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