Mini-Schedule: Getting Ready for Bed

  • Situation

    My daughter takes FOREVER to get ready for bed. She is so easily distracted. I have to keep repeating myself and I often end up helping her with things that I know she can do by herself. How can I help her stay focused and be more independent?

  • Summary

    Use a mini-schedule which provides picture or word sequence for each step of the bedtime routine. This should help her stay more focused and complete tasks with less prompting.

  • 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 the bedtime routine.

    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 bedtime routine.

    6. Reinforce your child for using the schedule.

  • Documents and Related Resources

    website for picture cards


    website about visual schedules



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