Individuals with autism often have difficulty adapting to changes in routines, transitioning, focusing on tasks, interacting socially, and expressing themselves.
Why should I use Visual Supports?
Individuals with autism think in a visual way and can easily recall visual images and memories. Using pictures for communication can help increase memory skills, social communication abilities, and understanding of the environment and community.
Pictures of routines/schedules may make transitioning easier because the individual can see what is happening now and what comes next.
Pictures can help an individual express themselves more easily.
Pictures relating to an individual’s environment provide opportunities for functional communication.
Pictures (in combination with written words) can help build language and vocabulary skills.
Picture communication provides a consistent way to communicate thoughts, feelings, wants, or needs which can help minimize behavioral problems.
How can I use images to make Visual Supports?
Create a First-Then Board to help the child understand what is happening now and what will happen next.
Provide Visual Schedules for both school and home routines
Create a Positive Reinforcement System
Provide a Choice Board so the child can easily decide what he/she would like to eat, play with, earn, etc.
Make flashcards to increase vocabulary, sort pictures into categories, identify/label nouns and verbs, and matching.