Yellow, because it's a colour that has always gone down so well in this house and it's bright and motivating for the day ahead.
This resource is the absolute staple for Badger at the moment... stropping teen syndrome is well and truly in force. Especially in the mornings. Even if he's not officially a teen til October! On weekends, that is not such a big deal and other than a couple of gentle reminders, we tend to let him set his own pace. But, when it's a school morning, organization is essential if we're ever going to make it in time.
How we do it...
This is on his beside table and filled in the night before when I do his home school communication book. I toyed with having a fixed, written schedule (as that's often enough for us nowadays) but the clarity the pictures give us, not to mention flexibility in whether we are having a shower/wash/bath that morning is much better in this format. Pictures can be symbols, taken from the internet or your own photographs... even written if that suits you better!
Under getting dressed, a typical day, will include our PEC pictures:
As a side note.
THREE is the magic number in our house. Having anything more than three things to tackle at a time can be overwhelming... this is why our schedule for getting ready is broken down into those stages.
Three stages with three components, after each stage, I won't pile on any pressure to move onto the next stage for at least 5 minutes.
If one of those tasks is actually a multi-step task (i.e. showering, washing, hair, drying etc...) then you'll be wanting to break that down using another resource. Such as the one we will use for Bobo (littlest munchkin) as we develop his independence in coming months... which I will share soon. :)
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Starting out with picture exchange.
I remember this being a 'thing' when Badger was younger... I really had no idea where to place the cards in the beginning. Little ones are not going to take to a file right away; You're still getting to grips with having symbols around at all; You want them accessible but know that not everything can ALWAYS be at their height... so many things to consider!
I remember we printed a lot of food cards and stuck those on the freezer on magnetic paper for Badger. It was a great way to begin. But for Bo-Bo, he can say most of the foody words and we're not expecting PECs to be quite as integral to his life as it was with Badger. So, I've been researching. Ideally, we want an unobtrusive location and ideas to get started on introducing Bo-Bo to the concept of PECs.
Since 2008 - OMG, a decade! - when we first started on our alternate communications journey, there has been a massive rise in online sharing. Praise! So, here's a round-up of some of the coolest ideas making it onto our 'to try' list.
These are my favourite four:
1. End of cabinet communication board.
2. Visual support keyrings.
3. Magnetic boards. (Potentially transportable and no velcro...!)
4. On-the-door PECS Central. (Not exactly unobtrusive, but I thought this looked a fab layout in the event Bo-Bo really took to PECS like Badger did.
I particularly LOVE the magnet routine board idea from MOMentity.com. The magnetic cards were great for us and I just think this is so versatile and has so many potential uses while not being confined to just the kitchen space.
End of cabinet communication board. Idea from: bystephanielynn.com
Visual support keyrings. Idea from: autismade on TPT.
Magnetic routine board. Idea from MOMentity.com
On-the-door PECS Centre. Idea from alongcamethebird.blogspot.com
Hello Autism Resources is run by Jen, a mother of three boys - two of whom are on the spectrum. Our world is a little, lot, chaotic but we find blessings at any opportunity.
Hello Autism Resources provide completely free resources, ideas and tools primarily aimed toward younger children in need of visual supports to facilitate their communication.
As we are 'just' parents too, we recommend you use any resources here alongside a plan designed by a medical professional.