Mini-Schedule: Toothbrushing

  • Situation

    How can I get my son to brush his teeth when he is getting ready for bed? I have to tell him what to do for every step even though he knows how to do this.

  • Summary

    Use of a mini-schedule provides a picture or word sequence for each step of the tooth brushing task. This can promote independence for your child and decrease the amount of assistance you are giving.

  • Definition

    A mini-schedule is a visual schedule or visual sequencing of events for a short period of time NOT a day schedule. It can be in picture, object, word or numeral format. A mini-schedule can give a sense of time and when an activity will end. Knowing what and when things happen can prevent many behavioral issues.

  • Quick Facts
    • Child's Age: 3-5, 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
    • Planning Effort: Moderate
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    Ability to understand pictures, words, objects

  • Process
    1. Identify the steps for tooth brushing.

    2. Gather the materials to make visual representation of the steps.

    3. Make the schedule using pictures/words/objects.

    4. Present it to your child.

    5. Model/demonstrate/prompt how to use the mini-schedule during the tooth brushing task.

    6. Reinforce the child for using the mini-schedule.

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