Sequencing calendars are used within our routines as a way to delineate or break the steps of that routine up into separate, smaller chunks. In essence, we are taking a larger moment in time – the routine – and breaking it into smaller more manageable segments. I think of this as I would if I were following a recipe; to accomplish the larger task of baking a chocolate layer cake, I need to break it down into the smaller, more manageable, steps of the recipe. By following the recipe we are able to label the ingredients, list the steps in such a way that we are following a sequence (or, a clear beginning, middle, and end - which is something all routines should have), and come out with a fantastic cake to eat in the end.
This image is an example of a three slot sequencing calendar box.
- Dividing the activity into smaller chunks of time
- Labeling the steps
- Steps are repeatable
- Steps are easy to anticipate
- Establishing a beginning, middle, and end
A sequencing calendar can look like the one pictured above, a box with multiple slots in it. On the other hand, it might be a recipe written out or brailed. Or, a set of symbols presented one at a time for each step of the activity, if that’s what the student needs.
Again, we are trying to break the larger activity into smaller pieces/chunks that we can label and put into a repeatable sequence of steps. This will allow for an expansion of language and conversation, and provide more manageable time frames for those kids who need it.