For many families with children on the spectrum using visual supports WILL give their child relief from many of the social awareness and communication skills that they struggle to understand and cope with.
However for some families finding appropriate visual supports for autism can be an issue. There are many different visual supports for autism available, choosing the right support for your child on the spectrum can be challenging!
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1. Autism Social Skills Stories
Autism Social Skills Stories are short descriptive stories that can help explain visually how and why something happens. For example some children with autism may struggle to make friends or ask other children to play. A social story can help the child on the spectrum learn how to approach other children, what they may expect and in turn what the child on the spectrum should expect.
The social story uses visual images and first person text in an almost comic like fashion answering the “wh” questions – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and will offer an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most children with autism.
To learn more about Autism Social Skills Stories visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
2. Visual Social Story Cards
Just like a social story the visual social story cards are short specifically written cards that offer a child on the spectrum ways of coping with skills and behaviours that they are struggling to master.
The visual social story card is a small laminated card generally 8 x 11, each card has an appropriate image and short sentence to describe what is happening from the autistic child’s point of view.
To learn more about Visual Social Story Cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
3. Visual Flash Cards
Visual Flash Cards and used as a means of communication. The cards are generally 9 x 13 in size and will display a printed picture on the front with a short written description. The visual flash cards can be used in many different ways as an exchange, on a visual timetable and as communication aids.
Visual flash cards are very handy to re-enforce skills for example snack time at school a card can be exchanged in return for the appropriate treat or snack and so on…
To learn more about Visual Flash Cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/visual_aids
There are many other visual supports for autism available, but these are our top tips and will generally be sufficient for the majority of children with autism.