Visual supports can be helpful for all kids, but this structure with visual cues can be especially effective autistic kids. Here's how to use them.
Visual supports can help kids in many ways.
They can be things like schedules, choice boards, checklists or stories.
These can be helpful for all kids, but this structure with visual cues can be especially effective for autistic kids.
Use visual supports to:
Lay out a daily or weekly schedule
Let your child make choices
Outline expectations for behavior
Help manage emotions
Describe a process like brushing teeth, getting ready for bed or doing homework
Prepare for a certain event like a fire-drill, a holiday dinner with family, or a move to a new school
Communicate with kids who don't talk
You can use just pictures or both pictures and words. Picture-based tools are helpful even for kids who can read.
Click on the underlined links below to see some examples. (They will open in a new tab on your screen.)
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These are just some examples. Of course you would make visual supports that fit your child's needs, personality and age!
If your child gets therapy or special services at school, ask the therapist or special ed teacher for ideas. They can often help you with pictures and templates so you can make your own visual supports.
Ask other parents for ideas on visual supports for autistic kids.
Sources: Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Profectum