Archive for the ‘TEACCH’ Category

At Therapy Works, where Pookie goes for his OT and Speech therapies, they have a really simple style of visual schedule.  It is one of those ideas that have you asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well, here is the schedule strip.  I made one for him to use here at home.  Much easier than the yardstick idea that I had.

You only need 4 things to make the schedule strip: wooden ruler, self-adhesive loop tape (the fuzzy part of the hook and loop tape), a pair of scissors, and a length of ribbon.


I cut a piece of the loop tape that was about 11.5″ long.  I adhered it to the back of the wooden ruler so that the hole near the end of the ruler was still showing.  Next, I threaded a ribbon through the hole and tied it to form a hanging loop.


That is it!  Your child now has a very portable schedule strip to use.  I am using this now for Pookie.  I place his morning schedule on the strip.  He has a little container into which he places the PECS cards as we do each activity.  The PECS style cards that I have for his homeschooling are about 1″ square.  You can easily make them on the SEN Teacher page I linked to in my last post.   Just use your own graphics or ones found online through a Google Images search.  You can also find them already designed on Pinterest.  The website which I used to find the ones shown here are from Homeschool Creations.

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I am always on the look-out for free resources to extend activities.  One such resource are the fun pattern blocks.  Yes, there are books available but what about once your kids have tired of them?  Well, after doing some searching I have found some sites with free printable pattern block pages.  These activities are good for Pookie to teach him to match shapes, fine motor, and visual discrimination.  A worksheet/mat and the pattern blocks needed to complete it can be placed into a TEACCH task tray or a workbox.

Prekinders has a nice selection of printables in both outline and in full color.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you find another link on their page for Christmas pattern block mats.

Confessions of a Homeschooler has pattern block printable mats for the numerals 1-20 and the letters of the alphabet.

This is a link to a Pinterest Board for patterns.  Lots of great ideas and printables here.

Making Learning Fun has not only the patterns but some printable pattern blocks for those who have not purchased the sets from a store.  Print onto colored cardstocks and laminate before cutting apart.   Optional idea is to place adhesive backed magnets onto the back of each pattern block.  Lay the pattern mat onto a cookie sheet and the magnetic paper “blocks” will stay in place once you place them.

This is another site with printable pattern blocks.  This set has a color suggestion at the bottom of each page.  It is recommended to print onto cardstock and laminate for durability.

Guided Math website has a long list of links to pattern block resources.

Learning Resources has a free 32-page pattern block workbook that you can download and print.


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