Special Education Tool – Getting Ready in the Morning with Mini-Schedules

Morning routines can be difficult for most teens. For your child with special needs, try easing the morning process by using a mini-schedule.

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute shares how to use a mini-schedule to help your child with special needs get ready in the morning.

  1. Identify motivating toys, activities or foods that your child with special needs would like to earn and set a finish by time for morning activities. If your child completes morning tasks by the pre-determined time, they earn the reward.
  2. Create a mini-schedule of each necessary step for getting ready in the morning, such as getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing your teeth.
  3. Using the motivators and the mini-schedule, create a booklet agenda for your child to review the day prior so they know what to expect in the morning and know what reward they will be working towards.

Try not to use a lot of verbal prompting as your child works through each task. Let the pictures and schedule guide your child with special needs through their morning routine.

To learn more about how to ease the morning routine for your child with special needs using mini-schedules, check out our YouTube video below. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.