Using Visual Supports to Facilitate Homework Completion

Brief Introduction: Many children (including those with disabilities) have strong visual skills, and these strengths can be capitalized on with visual supports, such as daily schedules, mini-schedules, task checklists and behavior charts. Task checklists or mini-schedules are useful in targeting certain events or tasks in the daily schedule where a child has difficulty. They are used to break a larger task down into smaller, more manageable steps which are easier for a child to handle. These visual supports can be used to teach children new routines and foster independence in established ones. When written checklists are used to sequence steps in a task like homework time, this reduces the amount of verbal prompting needed to move a child through each step, which promotes independence and memory skills. Using these types of visual supports can also help to develop self-monitoring skills and increase independence for children at any age.
Visual supports such as these can be used to foster your child’s success across a wide variety of daily routines, including getting ready for bed, getting ready for school, and the dreaded homework time. Parents can even teach older children to create their own visual schedules, mini-schedules, and “to do lists” as part of homework routines at home. The following article explains how to use several different kinds of visual supports to foster your child’s success during homework time.

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