A first-then board is a visual support that provides information to a child around task expectation and what will follow. The "first" section involves a task that the child must complete (for example: get dressed). The "then" section should always be an item, task, or activity that is preferred to your child (for example, watching tv). Using a visual to represent the task may help them to understand and complete a less-preferred activity, while the visual of the preferred item or activity may motivate your child to complete the task.

Examples of first-then boards you may use:

  • First get dressed, then watch TV
  • First sit at table, then play playdoh
  • First dinner, then cookie
  • First homework, then tablet

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