Visual supports are a multi-modal approach for children with a range of language skills. They allow the child to process information and ‘augment’ communication without hindering the development of language and speech. Visuals supports can be real objects, photographs, pictures or line drawings.
Visual supports can be used to prompt interaction and socialisation, learn new skills for independence, transition from one activity to another or to develop structure in the day.
Many children with Autism, language delay, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Intellectual Disorder (ID), Down syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Global Development Delay and learning difficulties will all benefit from using visual supports as a tool for communication.
There are several types of visual supports. These may include and not limited to:
Schedules & Timetables – used to explain what is happening on any particular day or week. Allows the child to process what they are doing now and what they are going to do next.
Routines - a visual sequence of activities to build new skills such as each step that is required to independently brush their teeth, get dressed, toilet etc.
Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) - Exchanging pictures can help the child express their needs, wants and make their own choices e.g. in the form of a choice board
Behaviour scripts - used to encourage good behaviour in a social situation or understand emotions of others and self, e.g. “In the playground, I will…”
Call Bright Start Speech Pathology to make an appointment and discuss your child’s needs and suitability for visual supports. Ph: 1300 754 079