Visual supports are tangible and non-transient. They remain for reference after the spoken words have gone. Most people with ASD are visual learners and visual supports capitalise on this strength. They help the person to make sense of the world and provide much needed structure and predictability.
How can visual supports be used?
Visual supports can be used in a wide variety of ways and can effectively support communication, learning, and promote independence. Timetables are one example of a visual support. Timetables and schedules are a good way of helping to create structure and routines. This reduces uncertainty and helps to make daily life predictable. Other examples of where visual supports might be used include reward charts for encouraging specified positive behaviours; introducing transition and change; and discussing and monitoring emotions (e.g. a thermometer picture to rate different emotions).
Lots of further useful information on Visual Supports can be found on the National Autistic Society website.
People with ASD often work well with visual cues which help support their interactions and promote growth. These aids are especially useful when it comes to creating routine and understanding how to communicate.
To find out more about supporting your child with visual cues, get in touch with our team.