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Creating, Customizing, and Using Visual Schedules with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Creating, Customizing, and Using Visual Schedules with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Presented by Mandi Rickelman, MA, Director of Early Childhood Services and Co-Director of Welcoming Spaces Program, Monarch Center for Autism, Bellefaire JCB

Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle

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Students with autism tend to thrive when they have predictable routines and well-defined expectations. Not only do these help minimize anxiety, but they promote understanding, confidence, and willingness to participate. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year has been anything but predictable; it has been an extremely challenging time that has provoked fear and anxiety. As students begin to return to in-person learning it is more important than ever for educators, therapists, and families to establish predictable routines and expectations. In this recorded edWebinar, Mandi Rickelman discusses an effective way to do this through the use of visual schedules. Viewers will learn:

  • What a visual schedule is
  • Why they are so important
  • What they accomplish
  • When they are necessary
  • How to create, customize, and implement visual schedules

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, school leaders, therapists, and aides. 


Mandi RickelmanAbout the Presenter

Mandi Rickelman, MA is the director of the early childhood services and co-director of the Welcoming Spaces Program at Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB. Mandi has served individuals with autism for more than 16 years in numerous capacities including as an administrator, classroom teacher, trainer of teachers, parents, and professionals, and a public speaker. She oversees a team of staff and students at Monarch’s Preschool and Day School. In addition, she presents to diverse audiences and provides consultation on numerous subjects related to autism including greater accessibility for individuals with autism in the community, inclusive environmental design for community centers, and how visual supports enhance communication and help to organize, teach, and prepare for daily routines and community outings.

Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.


star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.



Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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