Now and Next Boards
OurBoards Now and Next Boards can help children to understand time and sequencing and can encourage them to engage with their routines.
Classroom Now and Next Board
Personal Now and Next Board
Classroom Now and Next Boards
The Classroom Now and Next Board will help the children to understand time, encourage them to read, reduce anxiety and help them to prepare for each new lesson.
Print off your own lesson titles or pictures and place them in the self cling “Gecko” pockets. At the start of each day place the first lesson in the Now column, the second lesson in the Next column and the remainder in the Later column. At the end of each lesson the self cling pockets are moved from left to right to show progression through the day.
We recommend that the children be encouraged to move the pockets as this will strengthen their engagement with the board and really encourage them to take notice of what they’re doing now and the transition to the next lesson.
As well as helping the children to understand their day, we believe that using a classroom visual tool will help them to understand that it’s OK to use visual tools to support their own thinking processes.
- Size A0 (approx 120cm x 84cm)
- Printed dry wipe board with laminated surface
- 4 column landscape design
- 12 x A6 (approx 15cm x 10cm) Self Cling “Gecko” Pockets
- 3M Command™ Mounting strips included
- OurBoards fine black dry marker pen
Personal Now and Next Boards
An OurBoards Now and Next Board is a lightweight, rigid, dry-wipe board that will help you to help those in your care to complete specific tasks and learn to be more independent.
A Now and Next Board is a visual strategy used to help children and adults with language difficulties, behavioural issues, SEND or dementia to complete specific tasks.
Typical tasks that can be managed with a Now and Next board include morning routine, evening routine, leaving the house, taking medicine and “how to” tasks such simple food preparation.
How to use
This strategy can work to displays two pictures, one on either side of the board. The “first” is usually a picture of a non-preferred activity and the “then” is a picture of a preferred activity.
Break a complex task, such as the morning routine, into steps. Use a mixture of your own photographs, clip art, hand drawings and notes to create a series of simple steps. Place the photos and notes into “Gecko” self cling pockets (you can also just use paper /card and blu-tack if you prefer) and stick them to the left side of the now and next board.
The person in your care can then do each simple step based on the picture. As each step is completed the person moves the step pocket (or card) from the left side to right to remind themselves that the step has been done.
The OurBoards Now and Next board can be enhanced with OurBoards Gecko pockets.
- The A4 board works with up to 4 x 95mm x 60mm pockets
- The A3 board works with up to 6 x 95mm x 60mm pockets.
- Dry Wipe
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- A4 board size = 21 cm x 30 cm
- A3 board size = 30xm x 42 cm