Entryway: Visual Expectations
How to Use Visual Expectations in the Entryway
Visual Expectations show children exactly what to do in a given situation. The more information we give children about our expectations, the more likely they are to cooperate and succeed. Set the expectation, show the expectation with pictures, teach the expectation multiple times, practice it together multiple times, encourage, refer to the visual expectation often (“Oops! It seems like you’re forgetting something! Look at the picture to see what to do.”) and then celebrate your child’s success (“Way to go! You did all four things needed to leave for school!”).
The “visual” part of your Visual Expectations is essential because the right hemisphere of the brain processes information in images. The right hemisphere is also in charge of self-regulation. Showing visual images of acceptable behaviors speaks directly to the self-regulatory right hemisphere, increasing the effectiveness of this parenting tool.
Notice all the different Visual Expectations posted in the foyer. There is an image of a neatly hung jacket, a picture checklist for school items, a reminder to S.T.A.R. breathe and a set of Picture Rules for the shoe cubbies. What Visual Expectations would help your day run more smoothly? Commit to snapping photos for just one Visual Expectation today and see the improvement for yourself.
Photo Examples: Visual Expectations in the Entryway