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First/Then Board

Recommended size – 4 to 6 images per page

image of First/Then board

The First/Then Board can be used to

  • teach logical sequence of events (e.g., “First tidy up, then go outside”)
  • visually clarify step-by-step instructions
  • assist with skill-building by motivating an individual to first engage in a less-preferred activity, knowing that a preferred activity will follow (e.g., “first puzzle, then train”).

The “first” picture is always an activity that you want the individual to engage in, such as a transition, or a skill-building activity
The “then” picture reinforces the “first” activity by being an activity or object that the person enjoys

For more information:
Tips sheet – Using Visuals
Workshop – Visual Communication

Recommended Templates
4 images/page
6 images/page