Playroom: Visual Routine
How to Use a Visual Routine in the Playroom
Visual Routines scaffold emerging executive skills like time management, organization and follow-through. Strong Visual Routines help model and build these skills for children. In a playroom, post Visual Routines for common skills like asking for a turn (tap, wait, ask) to help children be successful.
Young children think in pictures, so it’s essential to provide as many visuals as possible. As children grow up, they learn to read and think in words (like adults); however, providing pictures of what to do continues to be helpful! The right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of self-regulation. The right hemisphere also processes information in images. This means it’s still important to show older children visual images of acceptable behaviors. The more consistent and visually represented your routines are, the more likely children are to be successful in meeting your expectations (and the more smoothly and cooperatively your day will run).
They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and if you feel like you’ve reminded your child what to do 999 times, then a clear Visual Routine is an essential solution. Simply refer to the routine and soon your child will do the same.