“First/Then” Boards: Managing Daily Routines

A printable tool to help children know what to expect in their daily routines and activities.

Routines are a central part of every child’s day and breaking them down into smaller steps with visuals can help things go more smoothly for everyone.  

First/Then boards can be used in different ways. You can use your First/Then board to help children know what to expect next in their day, to break down multi-step routines into simpler steps, or to encourage children to complete a non-preferred activity, by showing that it is followed up with an activity they love.  

Customize the squares on the second page of the printable with routines from your day. When kids need a reminder, encourage them to check the board to see the steps! 

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