Visual Schedules

Nearly everyone utilizes some form of visual schedule to stay organized.  Many individuals with special needs benefit from visual schedules in written and / or picture form because they have trouble processing verbally delivered information, initiating activities, staying focused, completing every step within a task, and shifting focus between one activity and the next.  Visual schedules can increase independence and also reduce anxiety for many individuals with special needs.  Visual schedules are often vital to the individual’s performance in school, vocational, self-care, and leisure activities. 


General Considerations


View2Do is an online program that lets teachers and parents create customized teaching aids for visual learners.

Schedules overview

Picture cards can be used to build schedules to organize and structure daily activities.

Layout considerations

There are several ways to set up your schedules.

Work systems

Helps children who have trouble following verbal directions and remembering steps in an activity.

Reminder strips

These are shorter strips that help to remind someone how to perform a particular sequence.

Physical variations

Various ways of protecting and displaying your picture card schedules and forms.

Picture Cards

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How to use picture cards

Methods of using pictures include schedules to organize activities, strips to tell a story, and individual cards exchanged with another person as a form of visual talking.


Home & Classroom Resources

Printable forms and templates

Home / weekends schedule folder

School work communication folder

School to home communication folder