Activity schedules break down a task step by step or chain multiple tasks together (e.g., play game, then ride tricycle, then play with blocks). Activity schedules can also be known as a play schedule, a leisure schedule or just a schedule. People on the autism spectrum have difficulty structuring their free time. A great solution for parents of children with autism are play schedules. You teach your child to independently run a play schedule so that you have time to take a shower, cook dinner or attend to a sibling. You can also use activity schedules to teach skills such as dressing and initiating to peers. All activity schedules should be taught so that the learner can do everything independently.
November 17, 2013