Mini-Schedule: Library

  • Situation

    What do I do when my child falls to the ground before we walk into the library, or screams while we are in the library?

  • Summary

    Provide a short picture mini-schedule that shows a visual sequence of what will happen at the library –

    1. play with toy
    2. get book
    3. check out
    4. go for treat

    You can draw the pictures, write the words if your child reads, use pictures from the internet or Boardmaker visuals. As you do each activity cross it off so your child can see what is next and when he is finished.

  • 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, or words, or objects, or numerals

  • Process
    1. Be sure your community outings are not lengthy.

    2. Think exactly what you will be doing – if going to the library decide a few things you will be doing there (play with a toy, get a book, check it out, leave).

    3. If possible put something preferred or a favorite activity for your child at the end of the mini-schedule such as “go for ice-cream”.

    4. Show your child how to cross off each item as it is completed – or you cross it off.

    5. Be sure to follow through with the listed schedule.

  • Documents and Related Resources

    website for picturecards


    website about using visual schedules



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