Visual Schedule Planners & Autism

Visual planners are great for anybody to see their schedule laid out in front of them. They’re particularly helpful for autistic people, helping them process information clearly and visually.

Let’s break down what a visual schedule planner is, how it can be helpful for autistic people and their families, and what types of planners are best

What Is a Visual Schedule Planner?

A visual schedule planner can be any planner that visually represents activities, relying on visuals over auditory information. Big wall planners visible to the whole family let every family member know what’s going on. 

For many people, these sorts of visual schedule planners can help them organise their time efficiently. For others, an even more visual approach is helpful. Using pictures or symbols to represent different tasks and events can be extremely beneficial. 

Why are Visual Schedule Planners Helpful For Autistic People?

While everybody is different and will therefore have different preferences and ways of interpreting information, visual schedule planners have been proven to be a great tool. By breaking tasks down visually, it allows some autistic people to better understand and interpret the information in front of them.

Just having a schedule up on the wall can be a big comfort. Knowing what is ahead can massively reduce anxiety and help build valuable habits and routines for years to come.

Planning With a Visual Planner

When it comes to planning things out on a visual planner, there are a few ways you can go about it. To break them down into the two biggest categories, let’s take a look at routine planning and big-picture planning.

Routine Planning

Many of us thrive when we have a daily routine. This can mean having every minute of the day planned out or being a little more relaxed depending on the person. A visual planner can help secure that routine in place, ensuring every member of the family knows what is happening when. 

One of our best planners for mastering routine is our To Do List. It allows you to list out every task that needs to get done, from brushing teeth to putting away dishes. You can then tick off each completed task for every day of the week.

Big Picture Planning

Big-picture planning boards do exactly what you’d think - they plan out the big picture. Having a planner that shows any events, activities, and out-of-the-ordinary tasks that are coming up can lessen anxiety and help autistic people feel more prepared for what’s to come.

Our Command Centre Wall Planner is as ‘big-picture’ as planning gets. With a monthly calendar to mark down important upcoming dates, a weekly schedule to highlight routine activities, and plenty of room for notes, to-do lists, meal plans, and more, this big-picture planner leaves no event unplanned.

Looking for more planners that can help you and your family get organised? Browse our range of weekly, monthly, and annual planners to discover the best option for your planning needs. You can also check out our Facebook Page to see reviews and our planners in action!


Ms Bernadine Morgan

Ms Bernadine Morgan said:

Hi 👋 thanks for your products and ideas
I have a couple of your boards & have ordered for some of my clients with disabilities.
Just a suggestion though – in order to speak to the person and not the disability- most people prefer the term “people / a person with …. Autism / Down syndrome etc. Rather than ‘an autistic person’.

Thanks again


Lu said:

We love our planners for keeping record of appts for our 3 kids with autism plus other appts if needed. We also use a planner with a list of chores and also a weekly planner for the kids to know what is on what day for school, ie, library, formal uniform, sports uniform, band, choir, computers etc…what I’d love to see is a visual schedule with pictures to help those who aren’t able to read yet be able to get full use out of these amazing planners!

Daily Orders

Daily Orders said:

Hi Bernadine, thank you for the feedback – glad you love our planners. I appreciate the education on the use of appropriate terms. I had actually done some research prior to publishing and it seemed as though Autistic Person was appropriate but I’m happy to be corrected :)

Daily Orders

Daily Orders said:

Thanks Lu – we are working on different ways to use pictures but we haven’t quite got it right yet. When we do, we will let you know!

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