(Strategies for time management are discussed in the section on Executive Functioning at the end of this chapter)
Make the abstract concept of time as concrete as possible; use a visual method. Several examples are listed below. Help students develop a sense of time by discussing how much time it takes to complete various activities.
Make Time Concrete
Tools Can Help to “Visualize” Time
- Use a linear clock (an example is shown below)
- Indicate student arrival and departure
- Use pictures to identify key activities
- Have a marker that slides to indicate what time it is
- Use a visual timer
- Use an hourglass
- Use an egg timer
- Use a digital watch; have the student wear a digital watch in school.
Give the Student a Daily Classroom Schedule.
Discuss the abstract concepts of time, such as tomorrow , before, afternoon.
- Discuss real life examples
- Pair with visual images whenever possible