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Object Schedule

An object schedule may be used with a very young student, a student who does not understand the meaning of pictures or when a student’s level of understanding is unclear. Notice that the objects are paired with pictures and words.

True Object Based Icons (T.O.B.I.)

This picture shows a schedule for a student who is in between an object and a picture/word schedule. The schedule is made up of True Object Based Icons (T.O.B.I.s). It is a picture cut out in the shape of the object and helps the student transition between 3 dimensional objects to a 2 dimensional object.
Here a teacher is using T.O.B.I.s in a mini schedule for a student during a cooking activity. You can see that he/she will cook, and then eat the burger and French fries, and finally they will do the dishes.

Photographs and words


This is a mini schedule for an individual who is going to the YMCA to swim. First they go to the YMCA, then they change their clothes, next they swim, and then they get changed to leave.

Colored Line Drawings

It has been determined that the student understands the meaning of colored line drawings. Notice that the word is always paired with the picture.
This student is riding the bus to school will then go to music, followed by a cooking activity and then a snack.

Black and White Line Drawings

This is a sample of a picture/work schedule where black and white line drawings were used to communicate to the student what the day will look like. Notice that movement breaks have been worked in to this schedule as a natural part of the day.
  Notice in this picture that the teacher has placed a mini schedule above the sink to remind students of the steps in washing their hands.

Written Schedule

Most of us use some form of a written schedule in our daily lives. Here you see several different examples of written schedules.

In this picture you see a student schedule done on a dry erase board. The student moves the check marks to the right hand side of the board next to the activity that is finished.
Here you see a high school schedule that has been typed out so that it is easy to read. His teacher has included specific times for him to go to his locker and get needed materials.
In this picture you see an example of a middle/high school schedule where the teacher has taught the student to use check off boxes. She has also incorporated choices in the schedule.
The physical education teacher has developed a workout schedule for one of their students by color coding the days with a colored dot on the machine the student is to do. After they complete the exercise he checks it odd and writes the date at the top.
  This student has been taught to use the calendar in his day planner to help remember assignments and important activities.
  In this picture you see an example of a student who is transitioning from using a picture/word schedule to using a written schedule.

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