Friday, September 14, 2018

Free Printable Morning Visual Routine Chart for Kids

Build strong morning routines and independence with this free printable visual routine chart for kids!

Mornings can be hectic around here, especially on a school day, but my boys still need constant reminders about different aspects of their morning routine. By using this free printable morning routine chart, I am hoping to build a strong morning routine without me having to give constant verbal reminders. And so far, it's been working great.


Free printable morning routine chart for kids

How to Use this Visual Morning Routine Chart

Here's what you'll need to use your morning routine chart:

This visual routine chart was designed for autistic, ADHD, and/or hyperlexic kids who benefit from using visual schedules and routines. Simply print, laminate, and hang somewhere that makes sense. Personally I printed off two copies, one for each son, and hung them on their whiteboards in their bedrooms.

The kids will enjoy checking off the items on their list with the dry erase marker. They don't have to go in the exact order list, which is why they are no numbers on this chart. Instead, it's more like a checklist. Then simply wipe it clean before the next use.

Download the Morning Visual Routine Chart for Kids

This free printable routine chart has five different colored options (white, blue, pink, yellow, and green) and two types (one with making the bed and one without making the bed) so that you can pick the one that fits your family and your child. Simply print the page you need as there is no need to print all ten pages.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Free Social Stories About Death and Funerals

A collection of free social stories about death and going to a funeral. These free printable social stories are a great tool for helping your child understand and cope with the death of someone they know.

While a heavy topic to discuss, it is an important one to bring up because many kids struggle to understand what death means and struggle to cope with the loss of someone they know.

Using a social story to explain death and funerals is a great tool for autistic children.

I know we have relied on them over the years and they have been so helpful for both of my boys. Social stories explained to them who died, where the funeral was being held, what was expected of them at the funeral, etc. They were incredibly helpful!

I hope you find these free social stories about death and going to a funeral as helpful for your children as they have been for our family over the years.

Free printable and video social stories about death and funerals

Tips on Writing Social Stories About Death

Death can be a difficult concept for many kids to grasp, especially autistic kids. It is best to be concrete when describing the death of someone to your child. Keep the language simple and avoid metaphors.

I have outlined how to write social stories in general, but writing about grief and loss may require extra sensitivity and consideration. Here is a great list of tips on how to write social stories related to illness or death from Car Autism Roadmap. The video below also has lots of great tips on writing social stories on this difficult topic.


Free Printable Social Stories About Death and Social Stories About Going to a Funeral

The social stories below are a great starting point for helping your child understand and cope with someone's death.

However, every situation is different and may need special tweaks to the story. For example, you may have to travel for the funeral or you might be participating in the funeral in some way (like speaking, saying the eulogy, etc.). If that is the case, then use these free printable social stories as a starting point to create your own unique story.

1. Social Story for Dealing with the Death of a Grandparent from Megan Maguire on Teachers Pay Teachers

2. Mommy Loves Me: Editable Social Story About Death and Dying from The Gift of Gab on Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Going to a Memorial or Funeral Social Story from Autism Homeschool Mama

4. Funeral Social Story for Autism from Evan Autism Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Going to a Funeral Social Story from One Place for Special Needs

6. Going to a Wake Social Story from One Place for Special Needs

7. How to Behave at a Wake or Funeral Social Story from One Place for Special Needs

Video Social Story About Death

The video social story below is specific to the death of a grandma, but the words might be helpful for you if you need to adapt it to the death of a different family member.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Free Printable Bedtime Visual Routine Chart for Kids

Build strong bedtime routines and independence with this free printable visual routine chart for kids!

Since my boys were babies, we established strong routines, but usually it involves me verbally reminding them over and over to get dressed and brush their teeth.

Repeating myself gets exhausting.

And with J's hyperlexia, verbal commands are not the best way for him to be successful completing his bedtime routine. Visual aids are best. After all, when it comes to hyperlexia, if it isn't written out, it may not exist.

This free printable bedtime routine chart for kids has been a lifesaver for our bedtime routines - and my voice! I no longer have to repeat myself over and over to get the kids ready for bed. Now they can go through the routine on their own.

Free printable bedtime visual routine chart for kids

How to Use this Visual Bedtime Routine Chart

Here's what you'll need to use your bedtime routine chart:

This visual routine chart was designed for autistic, ADHD, and/or hyperlexic kids who benefit from using visual schedules and routines. Simply print, laminate, and hang somewhere that makes sense. Personally I printed off two copies, one for each son, and hung them on their whiteboards in their bedrooms.

The kids will enjoy checking off the items on their list with the dry erase marker. They don't have to go in the exact order list, which is why they are no numbers on this chart. Instead, it's more like a checklist. Then simply wipe it clean before the next use.

Download the Bedtime Visual Routine Chart for Kids

This free printable routine chart has five different colored options (white, blue, pink, yellow, and green) so that you can pick the one that fits your family and your child. Simply print the page you need as there is no need to print all five pages.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Free Printable After School Visual Routine Chart for Kids

Build strong after school routines and independence with this free printable visual routine chart for kids!

Establishing routines are so beneficial for kids.

Some kids, however, need visual reminders and prompts of what it is expected in their routines.

This free printable after school routine chart is the perfect checklist of things for kids to do when they get home from school. From helping to empty their backpack to making sure their homework is done, this visual routine checklist is perfect for kids with autism, ADHD, or hyperlexia. The written words paired with the simple picture aid in comprehension and understanding, while the checkboxes - er, check circles - allow kids to see their progress.

I don't know about you, but my son loves a good checklist. Heck, even I like checking things off of a to do list! Checking things off a list is extremely rewarding and gives me a sense of accomplishment. Come on, I know you feel the same way too! Let's just hope the kids feel that sense of accomplishment too when they're checking things off of this list.

Free printable after school routine chart for kids

How to Use this Visual After School Routine Chart

Here's what you'll need to use your after school routine chart:

This visual routine chart was designed for autistic, ADHD, and/or hyperlexic kids who benefit from using visual schedules and routines. Simply print, laminate, and hang somewhere that makes sense. For us, we have it by our back door where the kids would naturally dump their backpacks on the floor. This routine chart is to remind them to do more than just leave their backpack at the back door though. It encourages them to become independent and help out.

The kids will enjoy checking off the items on their list with the dry erase marker. They don't have to go in the exact order list, which is why they are no numbers on this chart. Instead, it's more like a checklist. Then simply wipe it clean before the next use.

Download the After School Visual Routine Chart for Kids

This free printable routine chart has five different colored options (white, blue, pink, yellow, and green) so that you can pick the one that fits your family and your child. Simply print the page you need as there is no need to print all five pages.

Free printable after school routine chart for kids
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Free IEP Resources for Parents

Put together the ultimate IEP toolkit for parents with these free IEP resources and IEP printables.

Advocating for your child can be exhausting and many parents - not just you - find the whole IEP process stressful, overwhelming, and maybe even frustrating.

There's multiple meetings, loads of paperwork, and probably a handful of face palm moments in between.

But getting the services your child needs and deserves requires a lot of advocating on your part. And it's worth it if you work together and collaborate with the IEP team. Putting together an IEP toolkit of your own can be a great way to get a head start on the whole IEP process as we head into the new school year.

I already mentioned the paperwork, right?

So it's best to be organized!

You may find it helpful to have some kind of filing system in place. Or you might find having a binder to keep it all handy is just what you need. You could even try using a pre-made IEP organizer to save you the time and energy of putting your own together. Regardless of what you choose, it's really about finding what is right for your family. And I hope you will find these free IEP resources below helpful, either to use or as inspiration for creating something that fits your family.


Build an IEP Toolkit for Parents with these Free Printable IEP Resources

You can use these free IEP resources to put together your own IEP binder to hopefully make the whole process go a bit smoother. Or if you would prefer an all-in-one solution, then you might be interested in this IEP organizer.

But let's take a look at these freebies first, shall we?

1. IEP Toolkit from Parenting Chaos

2. IEP Meeting Checklist from A Day in Our Shoes

3. Sensory Accommodations for IEPs from A Day in Our Shoes

4. IEP Vision Statment from A Day in Our Shoes

5. IEP Goal Tracker from Understood


7. IEP Binder Checklist from Understood

8. IEP Accommodations & Modifications Quick Sheet from Special Education Guru on Teachers Pay Teachers

9. IEP at a Glance Sheet from Sublime Speech on Teachers Pay Teachers

10. IEP Snapshot from School Bells N Whistles on Teachers Pay Teachers

11. IEP Editable Checklist from Teaching Special Thinkers on Teachers Pay Teachers

12. IEP at a Glance Sheet from PamelaSLP on Teachers Pay Teachers

13. IEP Cheat Sheet from Kindergarten Days on Teachers Pay Teachers

14. IEP at a Glance (Editable) from Teaching Differently on Teachers Pay Teachers

15. IEP at a Quick Glance from The Teacher Tattles on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Monday, August 27, 2018

15 Back to School Tips for Autistic Kids

Fifteen awesome back to school tips to help prepare your autistic child for the school year.

We are just a week away from starting school and thankfully, my boys are excited to return to school.

Last year was a completely different story though.

After a horrible school experience, it was difficult to ease my son's worries and anxiety about returning to school for another year. However, with lots of preparation and a strong routine, the transition back to school went smoothly.

Perhaps your child is in the same boat. Or maybe they are starting at a new school. Or maybe it's even their first year of school (how exciting!!).

Regardless of what stage your autistic child is at, these back to school tips will help prepare your autistic child for the new school year.

Back to school autism tips

How to Prepare Your Autistic Child for School

From social stories about going to school to tips on how to prepare your child for the classroom, these 15 back to school tips are insanely helpful. These tips will:

  • Reduce anxiety about the new school year
  • Make the transition back to school go as smooth as possible
  • Help ensure your child gets the support they need in the classroom
  • Establish predictable routines to help your child thrive


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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Free Social Stories About Going to School

A collection of free social stories about going to school. These free printable social stories are perfect for back to school season!

Ah, back to school season is here!

It is almost time to switch from summer mode to school routines. Say goodbye to sleeping in and say hello to hauling your children out of bed so you can attempt to get to school on time.

Attempt is the key word...

We rarely make it to school before the bell rings.

It's just a warning bell anyway, right?

Maybe it's even your child's first year at school or they are moving to a new school. Whatever the situation, you are going to love this list of free social stories about going to school! They will help your child get excited to return to school and reinforce school expectations and rules.

Free printable back to school social stories for kids with autism

Free Printable Back to School Social Stories

Whether you need a social story for a specific type of class like music or art or you just need a generic back to school social story, these free printable social stories below are super handy. Simply print and read! You could always use these social stories as inspiration to write your own if you would prefer.

1. Time for School: Back to School Social Story from Educating Everyone 4 Life on Teachers Pay Teachers

2. Arriving at School Social Story from Alberta Speechie on Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Going to School Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

4. Going to School Social Story from Teaching RICH Kids on Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Going to P.E. Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

6. Going to Music Class Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

7. Going to Art Social Story from Lindsey Etzelmiller on Teachers Pay Teachers

8. Going to a New School Social Story from Love Autism on Teachers Pay Teachers

9. School's Out Social Story (obviously not for back to school, but for the end of the year) from Socially Skilled Kids on Teachers Pay Teachers

10. Going Back to School & Going to a New School Social Stories from ISEA - You can also find social stories about school routines, riding the bus, using a school voice, and more here.

11. Social Story About Going to School from educationandbehavior.com

12. Back to School Social Story from Little Mama Jama

Video Social Stories About Going to School

The video social stories below cover a variety of school topics including going to high school, riding a bus, and classroom rules. 







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