The benefits of visual supports on children with autism

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Benefits of Visual Supports for children with Autism

Visual tools and supports are a method for helping autistic children understand concepts, communicate needs, and better navigate their world. Research indicates that visual schedules and supports are one of the most easily implemented interventions for an autistic child.

Develop New Skills

Visual supports help an autistic child learn new things and broaden their interests while being taught in a safe environment. Visual schedules also teach children to delay gratification as the child learns patience and persistence

Engaged Attention

Visuals are easier to absorb and retain and visual schedules capitalize on the visual learning/memory strength that most autistic children have, which keeps their attention for longer

Supports Oral Communication

Visual tools and supports actually promote the development of oral communication in non-verbal children. They also help parents communicate more effectively with their child and assist their child to communicate better with others.

Independence & Self Esteem

Visual schedules provide autonomy and independence through self-direction, it also “frees up time” for parents, teachers and supports as the child gains independence. When tasks are visually represented and completed, it creates a sense of accomplishment for the child and helps improve their self-esteem

Flexibility in Transitions

Visual supports can be used in a variety of settings and places as they promote flexible behaviour. It also helps children to prepare & plan for transitions, which in turn reduces their stress and anxiety around new transitions.

Social Skills

Visual supports help teach social skills and behavioural cues to children with ASD, so they can use these skills in a social situation on their own. Social stories aid in preparing a child for a new social situation, environment or events

Academics and School

Visual schedules show sequencing ideas and procedures on a daily basis, plus increase on-task behaviour thus increasing the child’s academic learning time.

Body signals & scheduled breaks

Visual schedules provide a means for an autistic child to schedule breaks so the child learns to be aware of his/her own body signals or needs.