Learning Visually

Strength-based Approaches for ASD

Independence, Confidence and the Visual Learner

Research shows that students/children with ASD, ADHD or Intellectual Disability have a preference for receiving information and learning through some form of visual cue or support. These visual supports are a way of making verbal instruction and learning more visual and concrete for them. When visual supports are readily available, attention skills and independence improves, the student/child is more engaged with the learning content and they learn to organize and sequence information.


Key Offerings

Workshops and Seminars - Topics can be tailored to the needs of the school community and they can be offered as full or half days. 

Masterclass Series (ASD)©- A series of workshops devoted to content that relates to the learning and behaviour style of students with ASD. The workshops focus on evidence base practices for the classroom.

Structuring Functional Independence Across Environments© - A series of webinars which focus on the executive skills of students with a developmental delay in either the school or home environment. 

On-site coaching - The Personalised Professional Learning Model (PPL)© is a form of staff or school development service that can be tailored to the needs of indivduals or groups in the school. The fundamental belief of the PPL© is that learning is richer and more powerful when it occurs in the real situation, where it can be modeled and trialed with support. 

For more information about the above offerings, or if you have any questions relating to a particular need for your school or service, send an email with your question. 



Online Courses 

In collaboration with Edumazing, Learning Visually is offering short online courses. The duration of each course is 60-90 minutes, and includes handouts, links to peer-reviewed articles and resources, videos and Powerpoint slides. A Certificate of Completion is provided, once a short on-line quiz is completed at the end of the course. Currently, the available topics in the online courses series include:

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): From Misunderstanding to Awareness
  • Sensory Friendly Environments: Strategies to Increase Engagement and Decrease Anxiety
  • Remote Learning and Disability: Supporting Parents
  • Executive Skills: Unravelling the Disorganised Behaviour Parts 1 & 2
  • Social-emotional Learning and Resilience: Essential Skills for Students with ASD (in progress)
  • Brain friendly Classrooms for Students with Diverse Needs (in progress)


Information and Registration: Email Edumazing https://edumazing.com/educators-schools/professional-learning/online-courses





















The "Enabling Independence in the Classroom Webinar Series" is an excellent Professional Learning opportunity to learn about Structured TEACCHing, ASD and more, which will be useful for Graduate teachers, mainstream and special school teachers and Learning/Education Support Officers. 

The "Enabling Independence in the Classroom Webinar Series" are now scheduled for Term 1. Webinar dates: Feb 18, 24; March 4, 11, 18. Times: 3:30pm-5:00pm. Email Anna to receive more information about the Webinars.

Wait there is more!

Haven't you often wondered how helpful it would be to have the workshop presenter come to your school to coach staff on the concepts presented in the workshop? In-situ coaching is a proven method to help clarify and apply the content to your context. If Blended Learning appeals to your school's needs, email Anna to discuss how this could work for you.


2020 Testimonial: "Thanks Anna. I really enjoyed the Webinars. That was the best training I have done in teaching students with ASD." (Teacher: Holroyd School, NSW)





Contact Details:

Dr Anna Bortoli

ASD & Special Education Consultant

TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant

ABN: 74193259710 (not registered for GST)