Visual Schedules and Autism Ranking: Insufficient/Mixed evidence


Child with autism

A visual schedule is a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.

It shows an individual on the autism spectrum what activities will occur, and in what sequence.

A schedule can be created using photographs, pictures,written words, physical objects or any combination of these items.

Schedules can be put into notebooks, onto a wall or schedule board or onto a computer.

Most visual schedules are introduced with adult guidance that gradually decreases with time. Eventually, the individual with autism may learn to create their own schedules.

Our Opinion

There is some limited research evidence to show that visual schedules may provide positive benefits to some individuals with autism spectrum disorders by allowing them to predict or understand upcoming events.

This may allow them to reduce problem behaviours and increase their independence.


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13 Sep 2016
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01 Oct 2014
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