OurBoards Autism Resources are reducing meltdowns due to events, transitions and new situations by helping children to understand and comunicate.
Do you live with Autism, ADHD, SEND or FASD, either personally or as a carer? At OurBoards, we want to support you by providing helpful, affordable autism resources.
We understand that living with a brain developmental condition can be unsettling, frustrating and cause considerable anxiety.
We believe that society needs educating to understand how to relate to people that have non-typical brain development.
We believe that society should celebrate all people who wish to contribute positively.
Caring for someone living with brain developmental condition is hard work physically, mentally and emotionally. You need to use your energy and time in the best way possible, not only for the sake of the person that you’re caring for but also for your own sake.
At OurBoards we know that we don’t have a magic wand but we believe that we do provide resources that can help you to support the people in your care.
OurBoards Visual Timetable Boards, Personal Planning Boards and Now and Next Boards are suitable for personal, family or professional use.
I am really pleased with how well my son engaged with his new board, he uses it as an external brain that helps him to organise his thoughts and prepare himself. It has also surprised me how he uses it to express himself, by writing his feelings about activities with smiles and sad faces.
The board is good for children with challenging behaviour too, it is very durable, and I don’t have to keep replacing timetables I have made, as he used to screw them up. Now he brings the board to me on a Sunday saying, ‘Do my board.’ He Said, ‘It’s good, it helps me to understand what’s going on and I don’t have to ask mum all the time, as I can just look at it.’
I feel there is so much more we can do with the board, we are at the start of a great journey and it will be interesting to see how it develops. Thank you, OurBoards.
Sent to us by Sue, a Mum of a very lovely young lad with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
I have been using a homemade velcro weekly visual timetable for over a year for my son who is 5. He has high-functioning autism and can get very anxious if he cannot refer to the plan for his week. His homemade Planner, whilst still useful, really was just a visual reminder with very little 2-way interaction.I ordered a Weekly Planner from OurBoards and when it arrived the first thing I was impressed with was the quality of the board. It is lightweight but is sturdy and wipes clean far easier than most whiteboards I’ve used previously. The self-cling pockets are genius! It makes it so easy to adapt the Planner and slot in pictures for any occasion. And the pockets stick to most doors and walls in our house which makes them really versatile for other visual prompts when we need them.
The best thing of all is that the OurBoards Weekly Planner has encouraged my son to want to write about his day – simple things at the moment like ‘good day’ or ‘fun’ but I’m confident that he’ll want to do this more as his writing skills improve.
Most of all, my son sees this as his Planner and he wants to be involved in decisions as we change it each week.
How to use Weekly Visual Schedules for ADHD
I bought one of the ‘Daily Timetable’ boards for my son a few months ago. He is 13 and I wanted to update his old visual timetable now he is a bit older. It is absolutely fantastic. We bought a variety of coloured pens to go with it and my son loves it. The Gecko pockets are a superb idea and allow us to still use some pecs and put photos on the board as well as writing on it!
We are going away tomorrow and found the board doesn’t fit in our case so have ordered a smaller ‘now and next’ board and more smaller Gecko pockets that should arrive today!
Customer service was fantastic.
Feel like your losing control? Get you life and work back under control and manage all your “things to do” using a Personal Planning Board.
For all sorts of different reasons, including Anxiety and Stress as well as neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Dementia, not everybody is able to juggle multiple tasks in their head. Many people feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Using a visual tool to separate out things to do next and things to focus on now can be a help. And seeing what you have already can is always and encouragement to keep going.
“These highly flexible and creative products are ideally suited to support planning and organisational skills for supporting children with ADHD, Autism and a range of other learning difficulties (neurodevelopmental) conditions”
Dr. Tony Lloyd PhD
CEO ADHD Foundation
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If you would like more information about how OurBoards Premium Extended Visual Timetables can be used to help your child please fill in the form and we would be delighted to arrange a video chat.
Keep the board up to date with each day’s activities. Use the first two rows for details of what’s happening using words and pictures. Pictures, such as photographs of activities and visits, can be mounted in the panels using Gecko self-cling pockets. The third row can be used to highlight activities that have been particularly positive. These notes inform further conversations, prolonging or repeating the benefit.
OurBoards Autism Resources
OurBoards Visual Timetable Boards or Visual Schedule Boards are quicker to prepare, easier to use and more robust than a paper schedule. The layout of the board has been designed, in conjunction with parents and professionals, to combine distinct spaces for pictures and notes whilst not overwhelming senses.