For students with disabilities, consistency is key. Using the same tools and strategies at school, home, and in the community can be incredibly beneficial, as it provides a sense of familiarity and predictability that can help students feel more comfortable and confident in their abilities throughout multiple environments.
One of the best ways we can provide consistency between school, home, and the community is to use the same tools in all environments for a seamless transition. For example, if a student is using a visual timer to help manage their time and stay on task at school, it can be incredibly helpful for them to continue using this same exact timer at home. This way, the student is already familiar with how the timer works and can easily integrate it into their daily routine.
Before we jump into how to use a visual timer throughout a variety of environments, let’s talk overall about why using a visual timer can be so helpful! By providing a visual representation of time, timers can help students better manage their time, stay on task, and even help with transitions between activities. Incorporating visual timers into daily routines can provide structure and support for students with disabilities, helping children to succeed in both academic and independent living skills, all while reinforcing time management.
Ideas for Using Visual Timers at School
Ideas for Using Visual Timers at Home:
Ideas for Using Visual Timers in the Community:
More Tips for Using Visual Timers at School, Home, and in the Community:
And, when you find that a visual timer is effective at school, at home, and in the community, please discuss with your IEP team to have the visual timer written into the accommodations section of the IEP. This will ensure the visual timers are listed as a required support for your child’s or student’s day.
About our Guest Author
Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed. – Founder of Master IEP Coach® Certificate and Mentorship programs, host of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast. Helping parents, teachers, admins, and therapists become the Idea Bringers, Solution Finders, and Team Builders at the IEP table by providing IEP Leadership & Strategy trainings nationwide.