Autism schedulers are a really great tool to take the power of routines and put them to use in a simple, clean and fun way visual schedules reinforce your family routines by making them fun, interactive, and constructive. Just like a game. They often use images, symbols, and photos to better communicate a task or activity.
For any young child who can’t yet read, as well as older children who might be more visual learners, using visual schedules can be helpful in the establishment of daily routines. However, using visual schedules can be especially critical for families living with the challenges of autism.
There are a lot of different types of visual schedules. Physical schedules, like wall-mounted boards or planners, have been in use for a long time.
Schedulers are essentially all-in-one tools that help to:
- Keep track of tasks by checking off completed items
- Send notifications of tasks by alarms, sound, and vibration
- Provide visual countdown timers
- Provide spoken texts for people who have difficulty with reading
- Help keep focus on the task at hand
These modern visual schedulers help autistic children understand what’s coming next in their daily routine, process any schedule changes without distress, and manage transitions easily, in a game-like setting that is both captivating and comforting.
How Goally Can Help!
Goally is a modern approach to installing routine for kids with autism or ADHD. It was designed as an alternative to physical visual charts and chore apps that enhances the benefits they provide while reducing any restraints to progress.
Goally is a handheld digital version of a chore or behavior chart. As a standalone device, it provides a more efficient and helpful way for children to check, interact, complete, and get rewarded for doing chores, without any of the distractions that occur with chore apps downloaded on mobile devices.
Routines are so important for children to build. There are many ways to build those routines that work for different families and kids. Goally is a technology-based approach that is easy for parents to use, and exciting for kids to interact with. It takes all the power of visual charts and shoves it into a fun interface. Goally is no silver bullet and doesn’t work for all families, but it’s likely that if establishing and completing routines are important to your family and kiddo, Goally can help!
Editor's note: This information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as needed, with a qualified healthcare provider and/or BCBA.