For many of our students, putting information in a specific order is an important higher-order thinking skill that requires practice. Successful use of this skill can help a student solve problems, as well as organize and understand what they are learning. Here are a few tips to support sequencing tasks.
1.Start with simple picture sorting using first/then, moving on to first, then, next and last as you expand the number of pictures.
2. Use similar verbage/key words each time. For a support team, write the preferred words/sentences on the back for everyone to use.
3. Number the cards on the back for consistent sequencing. (We all do things a little different in our daily living skills.)
4. If possible, consult with the parent on how their family sequences an activity – this is very important when generalizing daily living skills into physical tasks. If the family always gets out the cereal, bowls and spoons, then pours the cereal, then gets the milk, the student’s cards should mirror the family’s daily sequencing activities.
5. If you are using pre-made sequencing sets, try to use ones that are typical for your student’s culture/country. For example, electric kettles to make tea are common in many countries, while other areas use tea kettles on a stove.
6. Use a medium that best fits the student – whether actual pictures, cartoons, or even their own drawings to make it personal.
Don’t forget to have fun generalizing the sequences! Make toast and eat it! Blow bubbles and pop them! Scoop the ice cream and enjoy a treat! You deserve it!
Click here: sequencing3 for three basic squencing card sets.