Due to the virus, the public schools and our workplaces have closed for the time being. My son and I worked together to create a social story (aka social narrative) to teach him about what “work” looks like for mom. He didn’t realize that me looking at my phone or using my computer could be “work.” Now after reading this social story, I tell him “mommy has a work call” and he remembers some of the things he can do while I am on the phone.
This 13 page social story helped us so much that I want to share it with other families.
My son helped me come up with this title! “My parents work at home now.” I tried to make it general (not mom or dad specific…) so it can apply to any home.
I am so fortunate that I get to work from home! I completely understand that many people in other industries are not as lucky to be able to work remotely.
Forced home school schedule:
As a licensed teacher, it is in my wheelhouse to provide this type of instruction for my child! Working on top of home schooling, can add another layer of stress so routine, at this point is key to survival.
Routine is KEY!
Now, for an undetermined amount of time parents are in the position of also being our children’s home school teacher. Overall, having a schedule will be the best approach to managing a home-school day and also having some time to complete remote work.
I don’t want my son to be in front of a screen for 6 hours a day so I created a schedule that has blocks of time where he can be on an an online learning platform and times when he is screen-free.
Every day is different and remote work demands will change daily. I have laminated my schedule and for those who do not have a laminator, you can use a page protector. Use a wet eraser (not dry erase marker) to modify the base schedule daily. Here is a video on how I can modify the schedule daily! https://youtu.be/F50bwnoFmYM
Morning Schedule: Sneak peak of my son’s schedule
Stay strong parents and happy (forced) homeschooling!
Independent work systems are evidence-based practice for students with autism, but they are very helpful for any child who needs some structure to be able to work on his or her own.
My son who started Kindergarten, now has homework so I set up a structured work system so he has somewhere in the house dedicated to completing his homework.
Special education classrooms use a variation of these work systems and supports to help teach independence and provide structure.
♥ I want to share this technique and show how easy this independent work system is to create and use at home. Even if you don’t work with an autism specialist or have in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist, this is something you can create with a quick trip to the dollar store and moving around some furniture.