Webinars: Three Vital Steps to Successful Routines

Routines are essential because predictability helps children (and adults) feel safe. When we feel safe, we’re willing and able to form relationships with others. Once we feel safe and have formed relationships, we’re able to solve problems and move smoothly through the day.

For children, it takes over 400 times in the context of social situations to learn a new skill or routine. We often become frustrated because children “should know better,” but they need plenty of support and guidance. To help children be successful, we use the three-step M.A.P. process: Model, Add Pictures, and Practice. The M.A.P. process removes chaos, creates structure, and helps children feel safe and calm.


This process is helpful for both younger and older children, as well as students with specific challenges, big feelings, or special needs. It can be used in the classroom and in the home.


Join Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Jackson as she explains how to use the M.A.P. process to meet diverse needs in a variety of situations. Watch as Kim provides useful examples and actionable tips to help you and your students feel safe, build relationships, learn, and succeed.

Webinar Outline

  • 00:40 Importance of visual routines and M.A.P.
  • 01:29 Predictability and safety
  • 04:26 Modeling (with example)
  • 07:49 How long it takes children to develop a new skill
  • 09:43 Using M.A.P. to teach bathroom routines
  • 12:00 M.A.P. with older children and in the home
  • 14:33 Photo examples of visual routines
  • 15:54 Reteaching routines
  • 17:57 Video Clip: Go, Flush, Wash, Toss
  • 18:32 Breaking daily visual schedules into more specific steps
  • 19:45 Using a first-then board
  • 21:55 Mapping a daily schedule
  • 23:04 Supporting children with unpredictable schedules
  • 26:21 M.A.P. with children who have specific challenges
  • 28:43 Video Clip: Child who needed extra space following M.A.P.
  • 29:22 M.A.P. with children who have big feelings
  • 30:13 M.A.P. with nonverbal children
  • 31:07 M.A.P for teachers
  • 33:21 Summary
  • 34:35 Teachers as walking M.A.P.s
  • 35:27 Video Clip: Kim’s story

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