An important step toward independence is being able to get yourself up and ready in the morning. Learning how to set an alarm clock is one of the skills needed to reach independence. Also alarm clocks may vary in their buttons and settings.
Although alarm clocks may vary in their buttons and settings, this example provides an illustration of how to teach and then support independence in an individual setting their alarm clock to ensure they are awake to get ready for school, activities, or a job.
To complement this skill, consider working with the individual to ensure they know when they should wake up to allow enough time to get ready and make it to their destination in time. The activity ILE: How Early Should I Leave for Work?
will provide a general strategy for teaching time and travel estimation.
This document contains suggestions for individuals with ASD for deciding when to wake up and then instructions on how to set a digital alarm clock for that time. Includes numbered-list and checklist mini-schedules.
To complete this activity you might need:
- A digital alarm clock
- A pen or pencil
This download is a 3-page PDF.
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