Visual Supports

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Using visual story telling...

Many strategies to help children learn and behave are visual. Here is some information on visual supports.

Why they work:

  • Visual messages are a permanent reminder
  • They give the verbal and non-verbal message
  • They are not just pictures – include words, signs, symbols, objects, colour
  • Limit the verbal – the visual message is received

First, ask yourself:

  • What is my child finding difficult?
  • What are my child’s likes, interest and strengths?
  • What can my child already do?

Anyone can make and use visual supports:

  • Find images on the internet
  • Take photos of places and people
  • Use objects to show them what to do
  • Put words with pictures
  • Use body movements, voice range and gestures
  • Colour code routines and instructions
  • Make checklists
  • Social story – a short story using your child or your child’s favourite character to describe a person, skill, event or social situation
  • Comic book script – draw and tell the story as you go, use stick figures and speech bubbles to discuss feelings, thoughts and actions
  • Do one thing at a time with you child

If you are concerned about your child’s development see your doctor or go to a child health centre. DON’T ‘wait and see’. ACT NOW.

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