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SchKIDules has just introduced the following magnets to our library.
“6 Feet Apart”
With many schools starting remote learning again this Fall, parents are preparing for a homeschooling environment. Families need help creating structure and routines, curbing anxiety, homeschooling and setting a balance between free time and work time. SchKIDules is here to help make that as easy as possible.
What is a SchKIDule?
Kids are visual learners and evidence shows visual schedules positively and clearly reinforce expectations in a manner a child can more easily understand.
This understanding leads to less stress, improved cooperation, increased independence, lower anxiety and fewer meltdowns.
How can they help my family?
Parenting can be a challenge! Click on each one of the topics below, or the one you relate to, to learn how a visual schedule can begin to reduce your daily parenting struggles.
Icons for All Your Needs
Why Choose SchKIDules?
- SchKIDules is NOT a calendar. There are plenty of magnetic calendars on the market that display things like the month, the weather, the holidays, etc. Instead, SchKIDules is a positive behavioral support and parenting tool that helps kids with independence, executive functioning, coping, anxiety, working memory, focus and much much more.
- SchKIDules is VERSATILE. One board with one look can only support one objective in a fixed stage of your child’s life. Our goal was to provide a visual schedule that adapted to your child’s developmental growth and allowed the user to advance from momentary goals, to daily goals to weekly goals. The combination of our tri-folding, two sided board and our magnetic headings provide unlimited set up possibilities.
- SchKIDules is INTELLIGENTLY DESIGNED. Our icons are colorful and relatable enough that kids love them, but are also simple and clear enough that kids understand the action they communicate.
- SchKIDules is INCLUSIVE of different needs. Visual schedules are used by the MAJORITY of children. Walk into any kindergarten classroom and you will see a visual schedule showing the kids what they are doing that day. From that point forward, how long a child uses a visual schedule and for what reasons vary greatly. SchKIDules offers activities for kids young and old, for kids with special needs or without, and for kids who need help expressing feelings. There are plenty more, but at the end of they day we like to say they just HELP KIDS…because no kid is just one “label” but a combination of strengths, weaknesses, traits, talents, and personalities that makes each one of us an individual.
It’s awesome! The kids love it because it’s colorful and fun for them to move the magnets around. We were using dry erase boards but they’d erase their chore charts to draw on them so that wasn’t working out! Definitely a wonderful product!
– Audry P., CA
“My daughter began using it immediately and was on time for school TWO DAYS IN A ROW. It works well at bedtime, too. It helps her maintain focus as she gets ready. As she is maturing, she really wants to have control, but it is hard for her to remain on task. This definitely helps!”
– Corynne Romine, NJ
LOVE THEM! In fact, I will soon be ordering more – one for myself, one for Carrie’s caregivers – so she can see that we, too, follow schedules. Truly, these are perfect! The bright colors are great and they are so easy for Carrie to manipulate. Thank you so much!!!
“My daughter is highly intelligent, but has a sensory processing disorder. She has to work on organization and sequencing. SchKIDules has helped her to self-regulate with greater independence. She is very proud to build her schedule and then move her schedule magnet from the “TO DO” column to “DONE”! When she’s finished with a sequence of events/activities, she enjoys us doing the happy dance together! Love the SchKIDules! Great product at a great value!”
-Amber Bovinette, Florida
Andrea Petri, OH
I just wanted to say that I think this is an absolutely wonderful thing you have here. I had picture schedules suggested to me, but did not have a clue on how to get started. Your product is great because you can easily change the schedule each day to fit your needs. The SchKIDule is working out really well, Colin loves it. I would recommend it to anyone!
-Cara, Republic of Ireland
“WONDERFUL! Absolutely perfect. My MIL and I make up the schedule daily. She does the mornings because I work and I do the afternoons and evenings. He has his routine memorized and he transitions without tantrums. Introducing new things has never been easier. I have even snuck in naptime! It’s just been great! I love it, thanks so much! It has helped him tremendously!“
-Nijuana J., MO
“We used it with our oldest and it really helped him get through some major changes in our family. He has been moved MANY times since birth and became specifically anxious after our last move. This helped us to reassure him and help him to adapt.”
“We love the SchKIDule! My oldest is 4 and we have struggled with who is in control, as we both are strong willed individuals, the SchKIDule has given him the ability to have input into what his day will involve. He loves to sneak in “treat” or “go to the movies” magnets, but in all it has cut down on the amount of frustration he feels when he doesn’t see visually what is going on for a certain day. I highly recommend this product for any child!”
-Kara Prisock, TN
We recently purchased a set of magnets for our son. Noah loves to use his magnets. It has been a LIFE SAVER for our family. Noah can now see visually what he needs to do to accomplish a certain task or what his day will be like. This has helped him become less anxious throughout the day. Noah is working towards being somewhat independent. The quality of the magnets are excellent and they are very durable. Thank you so much for selling such wonderful products.
-Jason and Family (Toronto, Canada)
-Colette Bonstead, TX
These magnets made setting a schedule easier for my son. His speech is increasing and he is communicating his needs with much less frustration. Thanks for making it so easy!
– Patricia Carrando, MA
Quick Tip → Pick a few acceptable activities and ask your child to choose which one he/she wants to do. This way you have already pre-selected things you are ok with, but your child gets to make the final decision. OR, if you have a certain routine you need accomplished and the actual activities are not flexible, let your child select the order. Both of these options will accomplish the goal of perceived control.
QUICK TIP →Sometimes kids develop anxiety temporarily during a big change in life like a move, a divorce, or a new school. Having a visual schedule can give them something tangible to help see past the chaos and find the order and predictability that will help calm them down.
QUICK TIP→ SchKIDules is capable of making digital photo magnets on special request. If the icons available do not satisfy your needs, please feel free to reach out to us. Also, if you’d like to be on our panel of parents and professionals who provide input and feedback for future special needs related SchKIDules expansion packs, we’d love to hear from you.
QUICK TIP→ Start by just laying out one part of the day to see if that satisfies your child’s curiosity. Or laying out just the part they seem to be thinking the most about. Visual schedules are not about having every minute of the day mapped out, but rather supplementing communication for the parts of the day that triggers your child’s needs.
QUICK TIP→ If your child has trouble transitioning out of a fun activity try to make the follow up activity neutral and not one they avoid. For instance, don’t follow play date with nap. Instead put a snack in between to help them move them down one step at a time.
QUICK TIP→ Just because you post a routine doesn’t mean your child suddenly follows it from beginning to end. The cat could walk by, a commercial can get their attention, or the wind could blow. So we suggest setting up a visual schedule that requires interaction so you can monitor your child’s success from afar. in other words, create a to do and done column and have your child move the icon to the done column or use our SchKIDules check marks next to completed activities. That way parents can visual track their child’s progress and redirect when necessary.
QUICK TIP→ If you set up a reminder station and your child still forgets, simply redirect them back to the station instead of telling them what’s next. This will teach them to independently use the reminder station and not come to mom or dad for answers that are already available.
QUICK TIP→Try not to accuse your child of willfully “not listening”. Often times something else is the culprit. Not only can this frustrate a young child who is doing their best and can be hurtful to a child who wants to please his/her parents but feels accused of doing something “wrong”.
QUICK TIP→ If visual ignite a whole new level of understanding in your child that means they are heavily relying on the images to comprehend messages. In this situation, you want to discuss with your child what each image means to make sure that from the start it is interpreted the correct way.
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