Another thing that worked for us was using a multi-stage timer that has different colored lights. When it goes from green to yellow, she knows time is starting to get short. It's helped her move herself along and get a sense of time. She struggles mightly witih understanding that time is a constantly moving thing and always running out. It causes her anxiety so we have to be careful how we approach it.
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You are all giving me some great ideas. I really do need to get a routine in place, but I'm not sure how to go about it.
Beachcomber, you mentioned using a "DaySee visual schedule." Can I ask what that is? I tried looking it up but couldn't find anything. I'll try to find one of those timers, too. I think that'll be great for ds.
RiverTam, wow, it sounds like you've really worked hard and it has really helped! You said that you "made our expectations clear and had a regular schedule." How did you convey your expectations and set the schedule with your son, if you don't mind my asking.
I would appreciate any advice or suggestions about how to put together a schedule for ds. He doesn't read yet, so it would have to be something visual. I know there are tons of ideas out there, but it's always nice to hear firsthand what's worked well for others.
Many thanks, Kelly