Visual support

Did the last blog about visual support leave you with a few questions in your mind? If it did, we will hopefully answer them now.

Often people suggest using visual support. But before you introduce anything. Think why exactly am I doing this? Various forms of visual support (as described in our previous blog https://earlyactionforautism.co.uk/blogg/whatarevisuals) can help with different parts of life.

  • They can provide clarification of the structure of the day. What is happening when. If the normal routine has had to change, this can be highlighted in advance with the use of visual support

  • It can encourage independence. For example, a “to do list”. It can come in various forms (photos, symbols, written text etc), and can include play activities or daily chores. But with a list to refer to, it can encourage independence, rather than needing reminding what else needs doing, or what comes next

  • An increase in independence, can in turn, increase confidence

  • Visual support can help to increase understanding. For example, when going out, if someone if shown a photo of the exact location, this may help to understand exactly where they are going

  • An increase in understanding, confidence, and independence, can all help to reduce frustration

  • Visual support can help to make communication more clear. Think of the times you have tried to describe something, and only when you draw a picture does the other person understand. How many times have you seen someone explain the offside rule in football using glasses, wallets etc?

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Things to remember

  • Make in individualised. One set of visual support doesn’t work for everyone. It must be tailor made.

  • Make sure it is durable. That way, it can be consistent. If it lasts, it can be used all of the time, and taken everywhere.

  • It, therefore, needs to be portable. Nothing to big or heavy

  • Make sure it it easy to find. Perhaps always have it in the same place. Or if it is moved around a lot, have a specific place in each room where it is left, so it can always be found