My girls are day dreamers. Some times they are actually day dreaming and other times they are mistaken for daydreamers. It's just inherent in neuro-diversity, especially as its gender stereotypically expressed. Staring off into space, getting sucked into a story or a screen, distracted by the nearest bypasser - my daughter's ability to tend to, regulate, and negotiate their attention, focus, and thought is a constant dance or battle.
One of the common ways that parents and teachers are encouraged to support neuro-diverse individuals is to use visual schedules. They can be truly helpful, for individuals and those who work with them. But have you ever tried to find or make visual schedules? Not. an. Easy. Task. Occupational Therapists are most likely the best versed in making visual schedules. There is possibly an easy and quick visual schedule maker available out there - but I have not found it. I'm sure some tech solution may be floating around or just around the corner of innovation. But until this happens or if you don't want to spend too much money or you don't want your child's face in a screen even more minutes, we are forced to create our own visual schedules. In my most organized and well intended moments, I have great visual schedule making plans. However, many days my energy is used up before the dinner table is even cleaned and there is little time left over to make a visual schedule.
But today was a new day and as my daughters round the corner into adolescence, and I wanted to create a visual schedule that is more appropriate for what my tween girl would appreciate and need. So I made one today. And I wanted to share it with you, for free. So many times, I go seeking resources or support for specific questions or challenges, and often come away empty handed, or handed with knowledge that I am then expected to make something out of. While I am very thankful for the knowledge, sometimes it would just be so helpful if someone had already done the handiwork. So I am sending this out to you and the universe in hopes that the goodness will come back around and that you can also pass it and the goodness on to someone who might want an already made a tween visual schedule.
If you want to make one yourself, check out unsplash.com for free images and google docs can get you going. From one warrior parent to another!
Melinda is a recovering "normal" seeker, who is often distracted by unexpected moments of nature's beauty or questioning children