Mini-Schedule: Fast Food
What do I do when my child falls to the ground or has a meltdown while we are at McDonald’s?
Provide a short picture mini-schedule that shows a few sequences –
- sit at table
- pick from menu
- wait for food
You can draw the pictures; write the words if your child reads. As you do each activity cross it off so your child can see what is next and when he is finished.
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.
- Child's Age: 3-5, 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
- Planning Effort: Moderate
- Difficulty Level: Easy
Ability to understand pictures, or words, or objects, or numerals
Be sure your community outings are not lengthy.
Think exactly what you will be doing – if going to a fast food restaurant with a play area decide a few things you will be doing there (order food, eat, get prize).
If possible put something preferred for your child at the end of the mini-schedule such as “get the prize” from kids meal.
Show your child how to cross off each item as it is completed – or you cross it off.
Be sure to follow through with the listed schedule.
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