My friend Carrie of HorsePower TR sent me these great examples of visual schedules that she uses for some of her riders. I’m excited to share them with you!
A visual schedule is a step by step schedule using pictures and words that clarifies the order of an activity and expectations.
Visual schedules help a lesson run smoothly by clarifying expectations (both of the rider and instructor), helping with transitions, and motivating students to do less desirable tasks in reward for more favorite activities afterward. It is a great technique for Behavior Management and Meltdowns and for Communicating with Riders with Autism. Carrie says, “We use them for riders with behavioral, emotional, or sensory challenges who find getting through the lesson tasks to be difficult. We’ve seen amazing changes in students when we introduce one of these visual schedules.”
Create a chart listing the activities of the lesson. On one side put a picture representing the activity, on the other side a short word or description. You can include when they may earn rewards, either at important points of the lesson, or at the end. Carrie says, “We pair them with a “prize” from the parents that occurs immediately after the lesson. We usually will write the prize on the bottom of the schedule. Examples are: trip to the library, milkshake at McDonalds drive-thru, extra ipad time, walking the dog, etc.”
Here are some charts that Carrie uses. Click the title to download the Word Doc so you can modify it for your own use!
Phil’s horse schedule – the basic one
Mason’s horse schedule – similar, with a prize at the end
Anthony’s horse schedule – similar, with a checklist and reward at the end, looks like extra iPad time
Jillian’s horse schedule – with check boxes and a prize at the end
Matthew’s horse feeding schedule – with prizes throughout
Matthew’s horse grooming schedule – with prizes throughout
Ty’s horse schedule – with a checklist and reward at the end
Intrigued? Here are some more examples and ideas of Visual Support/Schedules from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
Enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing, Carrie!
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!