A sensory schedule is a structured and planned set of sensory activities embedded within a learner's daily routine. The schedule is designed to help maintain ideal levels of focus and emotional regulation throughout the day.


Sensory schedules can be utilized in various contexts and for learners with different needs throughout the day. Sensory activities may increase a learner's alertness first thing in the morning or be implemented after lunch to help support attentiveness to academic tasks. Using a sensory schedule may help improve focus and attention before the expectation of sitting at a desk and working or before taking an exam. Another reason to use a sensory schedule is for therapeutic purposes. This includes working with the learner's occupational therapist and creating a plan to meet the learner's needs. 


1. Print in color, laminate, cut, and Velcro the visual

2. Assess the learner's preferences, sensitivities, and needs. Take data and record the behaviors that may indicate the need for sensory input, such as fidgeting, meltdowns, signs of anxiety, high/low energy, and concentration difficulties.

3. Determine which sensory activities will best meet the learner's needs. Include the learner in this process if possible. Think about the learner’s sensory input and needs throughout the day, such as during transitions, specific tasks, or break times to find the best time to embed these activities. 

4. Create the schedule using actual objects, pictures, icons, written words, or a combination. This step needs to be individualized based on the learner’s abilities. 

5. Practice using the schedule to help ensure the learner understands how to use it and implement it consistently. 

6. Take data to monitor and adjust the schedule as needed.