Activity Schedules: Promoting Independence for Students with Disabilities

by Andrea Wilson
Education
Faculty advisor: Dr. Robbie Ludy

Using a calendar or to-do list has become a common part of many individual’s lives. One variation, activity schedules, has been shown to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Behavior Disorders be on task and facilitate daily transitions. Traditionally, activity schedules have been used more with younger students; however, activity schedules hold great potential for middle and high school students. The benefits of using activity schedules to enhance student achievement, improve personal behaviors, and ease overall classroom management is now beginning to be recognized within the educational community. This poster presentation outlines the use of activity schedules for individuals with special needs, provides guidelines for their development, and explores the implications for future benefits for both educators and consumers.