Some students needs a visual reminder to help them gather materials for class. These color-coded checklists are a great tool for building independence for students.
These desk cues provide a variety of visual reminder options including following directions to gather materials, redirecting behavior, or providing scripting sentence starters to make requests. The bottom example shows the flap covering the cues so they are not distracting when unnecessary.
A visual cue ring is a great way to provide reminders without adding to auditory clutter within the classroom which can be distracting for peers.
When using a visual cue ring keep in mind the following tips:
- Put a contrasting border on the cue card to draw the eyes to it.
- Avoid using pictures that tell the student what NOT to do. Give them a replacement behavior instead!
- Use the cue ring for positive feedback or directions for preferred activities so that the student does not only associate it with negative feedback.
|Laura Brown, Springfield City Schools|
|Emily Ottmar, Mad River Local Schools|
Sometimes students need to be directly taught expectations during life skills activities. This is a great visual reminder to remind students to push the lever 3 times to get a paper towel.
|Anne Rosenbaum, Kettering City Schools|
Older students benefit from visual reminders as well! This is a great example of a visual support for high school students to remind them what the cost of lunch will be each day.
|Jennifer Jette, Vandalia-Butler School District|
Visual reminders can be a great way to cue students during multi-step academic activities especially during math. Check out these great step-by-step reminders for solving word problems and telling time.
|Taylor Ruef, Mad River Local Schools|
|Leslie Mann, Vandalia-Butler School District|