If you are anything like me, creating an agenda prior to therapy sessions is necessary. Of course this does not imply the session is going to adhere to anything you have planned. But, it is nice to have a guide that is individualized for your client (especially if your caseload is growing quickly). It can be difficult to keep track of each client’s goals and deficits you are targeting.
Research has shown that persons with autism participate in activities and transition during sessions more easily when they are provided an agenda at the beginning of the session.
Peer-reviewed research supporting visual schedules in children with autism:
In addition to yourself, and persons with autism, other clients can benefit from agendas as well. I have used agendas with clients who have suffered strokes and traumatic brain injuries. Checking off completed tasks helps to keep the client on task and can encourage them to continue working. The agenda can also be used to show the client’s parent or caregiver specific tasks he/she is working on in the therapy room as well as progress and areas needing improvement.
Below are some templates/examples of agendas I have used in my therapy sessions. These have influenced the direction of therapy sessions. For young or low cognitive functioning clients, use colors, pictures and/or simple words. For older clients, use large easy-to-read fonts, etc. Individualize agendas for each client and recycle the agendas that can be used multiple times. I hope you find these useful for both you and your clients!
– For clients with behavior issues an agenda may look something like this (leading up to a reward or break):
– An evaluation agenda:
– Adult with dysphagia session:
– First therapy session (client with severe cognitive deficits):
All My Best,
Brittany Fontenot, M.A., CF-SLP
“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
Galatians 6:14 ESV