Following a Recipe
This is an example of using color to support a student’s ability to follow cooking instructions in a left-to-right sequence. This was created for a particular student who loves cars, so we tell him, “Start at the green light and find the first ‘car,’ and keep driving until you get to the red light.”
Setting Up a Daily Schedule
This same student benefits from similar color coding when setting up his daily schedule. He started off with just a black board and was expected to place each schedule picture in the correct order. However, he had difficulty organizing the space visually and usually placed the pictures out of order and often overlapping with each other. We then added the green and red dots and asked him to pretend each schedule picture was a race car. We told him that he needed to start at the “green light” and “drive” the car to the first empty parking space (represented by the yellow boxes). With this color-based strategy in place, he can now set up his schedule independently each morning.
Color-Coded Musical Score
Color coding on this math worksheet helped this child manage the complex array of information and keep track of which variables in the equation coincided with which dimensions on the trapezoid.