Accommodations and modifications to your child’s learning environment such as visual aids can be crucial and unique for your child to be successful at school with an IEP. Something to consider is utilizing those same techniques within your home.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Does your child constantly forget their things at home?
Do you have to repeat instructions over and over and over?
Do you have to supervise 100% of the time to guarantee your child stays on task?
Is your child unorganized?
Does your child forget things easily?
Executive Functioning Skill Deficits
These executive functioning skill problems are very common in the world of Special Needs. It is also a scientific fact that more boys struggle with executive functioning skills than girls.
In my home we have visual schedules and other visual aids everywhere! In my son’s bedroom, bathroom, near his coat and back pack station and even attached to his lunch box and back pack! The uses of visual aids are endless. Visual Aids help your child become more independent and accountable. Incorporating them into their day allows them to have something else to remind and motivate them during the day.
Most children with these executive functioning deficits or non-compliance behaviors use visual aids during their school day. Reward charts, behavior charts, schedules, and so much more. I highly encourage you to open the lines of communication with your teachers and IEP team and learn what works for your child at school and transition those same techniques into your home. Consistency is key for progress.