Start by identifying something you already do on routine everyday, like having breakfast. It helps if the activity is neutral, that is, not a treat nor a chore, just something you all do everyday.

Then try and split the activity into a maximum of three steps. For breakfast, it could be:

  1. Sit on chair
  2. Have cereal
  3. Drink juice

If you are using the Upcard Planner for this, first create the cards for these three steps, and then create the plan

One way to introduce the plan to the user is to first show the plan without demanding they use it. You can even check off the steps for them as they go though the routine of having breakfast. 

Once the user is used to having the plan around for breakfast, try and let them check off one step themselves, and try and make sure they do it in conjunction with doing what the step describes. For instance, once they have sat on their chair, help them check off the step Sit on chair

Depending on the pace the user gets used to checking things off of the plan, expand the number of steps they check off as they go through the routine of having breakfast. 

Once the user can use the visual plan without, or with just a little, prompting you can try and either expand the existing plan with more steps, such as:

  1. Sit on chair
  2. Have cereal
  3. Drink juice
  4. Put plate on counter
  5. Wash hands

Or, you can introduce a brand new plan for something else they do on routine, like getting dressed. 

Continue to expand the amount of plans as the user gets used to following them, and also try and experiment with steps that are either a treat, a chore, limited to an amount of time, or that they have to wait for. 

Examples of this can be:

  1. Walk
  2. Playground (for 20 minutes)


  1. Play (for 30 minutes)
  2. Clean room

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