Communication
for Children with Deafblindness, or Visual and Multiple Impairments

Anticipation Calendars

The Anticipation Calendar is the entry-level time piece, and is the most basic type (conceptually) of a daily calendar. Students who use an Anticipation Calendar are present in the “Now” – meaning their concept of time only relates to this moment. They are not able to conceptualize very far into the future, or very far into the past.

a white circular basket with a geometric object inside and an empty yellow basket are placed on a blue cloth on a table

An example of an anticipation calendar with high contrast baskets set against blue background material.

Anticipation Calendars -

  • Provide a timepiece for kids who are in the “Now”.
  • Helps to anticipate what will happen next.
  • Helps put a label on the present event.

Prerequisites -

  • Recognizes some of the people, locations, sounds, scents and actions associated with a couple of routines
  • Acts appropriately on one or two objects in a familiar routine
  • Anticipates a few steps while doing a familiar routine indicating memory of the routine.

Characteristics of an Anticipation Calendar –

  • It must represent a specific time frame: immediate past and the immediate future
  • Two containers that are distinctively different from the child’s perspective
on the left is a small empty green basket; on the right is a large rectangular baking pan with two objects inside it. Both sits on a school desktop.

An example of an anticipation calendar with two containers on a desktop at a student's calendar station.

How to use the Anticipation Calendar –

  • Present symbol (label it/say what it is) and go do that activity immediately.
  • When finished, put the symbol for that activity in finished box.
  • Using the Anticipation calendar, present the next activity symbol

The anticipation system is the entry level calendar system. If the student is not ready for this, then the emphasis should be placed on developing participation in routines, engaging in interactions and the resonance level of van Dijk methodology.