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Checklists and Timetables

As parents we often spend a lot of time repeating ourselves and giving the same instructions over and over again. At its best this is just tedious, but a daily cycle of 'nagging' reminders can also be detrimental to your relationship with your child and contribute to developing low self-esteem. Use of visual resources provides a more neutral reminder of things to be remembered. You may still need to give verbal reminders, particularly at first, but instead of repeating the instructions, direct them to the checklist or timetable. Use questions like: 'How are you doing on the checklist?' 'Where are you on your timetable?' Give ample praise and encouragement and relate this to the checklist or timetable. 'Well done, I can see your nearly there on your checklist.' 'Great work, looking at your timetable you're on target!'


Before School Checklist

Before school checklist

Use this checklist to reinforce and remind children of the getting ready for school routine. Using visuals like this can help to reduce the morning stress and motivate children better than just using verbal reminders or nagging! Praise each completed step and encourage your child by asking quesions such as 'What's next on your list?' or "What else do you need to do?" Using these more indirect questions can help to avoid frustrated comments such as 'Aren't you dressed yet?' which tend to make everyone feel negative.


Before School Timetable

Before school Timetable

Use this timetable with older children and teenagers to support time management of the before school routine. Using visuals like this can help to reduce the morning stress and motivate better than just using verbal reminders or nagging! Children need to be able to read an analogue clock to use this resource.


Getting Dressed For School Checklist Boys

GettingDressedForSchoolChecklistBoys

Use this checklist to reinforce and remind children the steps for getting dressed for school. Using visuals like this can help to reduce the morning stress and motivate children better than just using verbal reminders or nagging! Praise each completed step and encourage your child by asking quesions such as 'What's next on your list?' or "What else do you need to do?"



Getting Dressed For School Checklist Girls

Getting Dressed For School Checklist Girls

Use this checklist to reinforce and remind children the steps for getting dressed for school. Using visuals like this can help to reduce the morning stress and motivate children better than just using verbal reminders or nagging! Praise each completed step and encourage your child by asking quesions such as 'What's next on your list?' or "What else do you need to do?"


Home School Home Visual Timetable

Home School Home Visual Timetable

This is a simple resource to support young children with going to school. Photographs of the child at home before and after school are stuck on the timetable together with a photo of the child in school. Where there are issues of separation anxiety this resource can be useful as a visual reminder that they will see their parent at the end of the school day. Can also support children who need help with accepting going to school.


My Checklist - blank

Parent Plan

This blank checklist is also a reward system. Children can earn rewards for any of the targets achieved. They should not be required to achieve everything on the list unless this is something they can readily achieve.


Tidy Room Checklist

Tidy Room Checklist

This resource is for parents of older children and teenagers. It is designed to support them take responsibility for keeping their bedroom clean and tidy. An agreed reward should be given for completing the following: make bed; take mugs etc. to kitchen; put clothes away; clear rubbish; tidy and vacuum.