How to make a visual schedule at home
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How to make a visual schedule at home (step-by-step)

Today I’m going to show you how to make a visual schedule at home! I promise it’s super easy- maybe a bit time-consuming depending on how detailed you are, but EASY!

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Visual schedules are great for little children and children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) because kids love to SEE what they are doing next! It keeps them focused and engaged in the activity. They provide kids with a sense of calm because they know what is expected of them. A visual schedule also keeps kids motivated by giving them something to look forward to, like a reward of some sort.

How to make a visual schedule at home

Ok, let’s get to it. First, you want to open up canva (I prefer the desktop version). Next, type in the search box for a visual schedule. Scroll through the templates until you find one you like. Once you have decided, the fun part begins! Now you can customize your visual schedule to your liking. You can do this by clicking within the template to change the text, color, and add icons. The icons that you will need will be either above the template or on the sidebar. See the image below.

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How to make a visual schedule at home
How to make a visual schedule at home

Text and Color

Text can be changed or added by clicking on the text box in the sidebar. You can add a heading of different sizes or pick a premade text box and customize it by changing the font, size, and even color of the letters. For fun, you can add animation to your text by clicking the word animate above

How to import icons into your visual schedule

To add the icons, you click on elements in the sidebar. Here you can search for any icon that you want to include in your schedule. Just an FYI, any icon with PRO on it, there will be a charge when it’s time to download. Once you’ve found the one you like, click on it, the image will appear in your template. Next, adjust the size. By putting your cursor in any of the corners and drag it to fit your needs.

How to download your visual schedule

After you have settled on a design that you love, don’t forget to save it. If this is something that you are going to be sharing with others, make sure you put your stamp on it. I like to put my logo in the bottom right corner, but you can put it anywhere you prefer. Now click the arrow pointing down in the top right corner to download. Under the “file type” select PDF standard to download. That’s it! Now you know how to make a visual schedule at home! If you like the one I made, type your email in the box below, I’ll send you that exact one for FREE! Comment below and let me know how it turned out.

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Until next time, Erika

Erika, the virtual bell, COTA,How to make a visual schedule at home

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