I Know What To Expect – Morning and Evening Mini Kit
When Tom was younger, getting ready in the morning and going to bed were a challenge for him and our family. He got confused about what to do next, easily distracted from tasks yet reacted angrily to being constantly reminded what to do. Not getting enough sleep made things even more difficult in the morning as Tom( and us too!) would be irritable, tired and unable to concentrate. School days were particularly stressful due to the pressure of having to be out of the door on time.
Using pictures to create a morning and evening routine made life so much easier for all of us. Seeing what was happening at these tricky times of the day helped Tom understand what was expected of him in a non-demanding way. Knowing what to expect helped to reduce his anxiety levels and meltdowns and gave him a sense of pride in taking responsibility for himself.
We’ve put together this mini kit to help other families like us who want a calmer start and end to the day and to help develop their child’s independent skills.
- Creating a structure and routine to mornings and evenings at home results in a calmer less chaotic start and end to the day
- Showing your child exactly what they need to do and in what order helps reduce their anxiety and meltdowns
- Communicating what your child needs to do without constant verbal prompting leads to less frustration when moving between tasks
- Encouraging independence by giving your child responsibility for themselves
- Strong and durable water-resistant stickers means you can display routines easily in the bedroom, bathroom or any other place in the house where your child can see them
- Quickly and easily adapt your routines when something different is going to happen
- 2 TomTag Button Holders (please specify your colour preferences in the notes section at checkout)
- 20 blank buttons to give you the flexibility to create multiple routines
- 20 symbol stickers for you to choose from to make personalised routines
- 4 blank stickers to use for additional items or tasks
- 4 blank rectangular stickers to label your TomTag Button Holders
- Easy to follow instruction sheet to assemble your TomTag
- Price includes postage ( mainland UK only)
- TomTag Button Holder: 18cm x 3cm
- Buttons: 2cm diameter
- get up, bedtime, get dressed, get undressed,
- wash, shower, bath, wash hands, use toilet (sitting), use toilet (standing)
- brush hair, brush teeth, breakfast, eat, drink
- get ready, go to school, homework, read, ipad/tablet
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For an extended kit with additional symbols for more detailed daily routines you may like the TomTag I Know What To Expect At Home Kit
The TomTag I Know What To Expect Range
With the TomTag I Know What To Expect range, it’s quick and easy to make personalised visual timelines, schedules and reminders which can be used anywhere in the home, at school, in care settings or when out and about.
TomTag visual supports can provide structure and guidance to the day or week ahead, helping to lessen anxieties and mange expectations about what is going to happen. This can lead to improvements in behaviour, communication and encourage personal responsibility and independence.
These are truly versatile visual supports. Use the tags singly to highlight sections of the day or particular tasks. Work towards using just one tag to cover a whole routine or time of day.
TomTag is hygienic, durable and portable but most of all it’s fun to use. Most children love stickers so let them join in the fun. Helping set them up will encourage them to use them too!
How does TomTag work?
TomTag uses symbols to show a series of separate tasks or steps involved in a task that are part of a routine, a sequence of events in a timeline or they can be used as a list to teach a new skill by breaking down a single activity into smaller steps.
Many children with autism and other additional needs have strong visual skills. They are more likely to remember and understand what they have seen rather than what they hear. Using a visual support like TomTag to present information visually and in a step-by-step manner allows visual thinkers and learners to take in information at their own pace. Visuals can also act as a reminder when children forget what’s been said or become distracted, TomTag helps to bring their attention back to the task or current situation.
Our customers say
“Tom tags are brilliant. My son is ADHD, ASD and PDA so trying to get him to follow a routine without making it feel like demands is really tough. Tom tags help him to see his routine visually without me having to demand.”
“They’re a huge hit already. She really taken ownership of them and helped to stick the stickers on. We made a bedtime one which she has stuck to rigidly.”
“I recently got myself some Tom tags to help with my morning and evening routines and so far they are really helping. It’s been really helpful to have all the steps and tasks laid out , so I don’t get caught up in my head wondering what to do first or what I even have to do anyways. ”
WARNING: Please note – TomTag is not a toy. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.