Learning Visually

Supporting Routines in the Home

The home is and will remain the main learning space for the visual learner. It is equipped with the right props and cues to teach functional life skills needed for the future. For the visual learner who may have ASD, ADHD, an Intellectual Disability or a combination of these conditions, the parent/caregiver should try to find a balance between 1:1 instruction and assistance as over-reliance can easily occur. 

Often in busy households, the stepping back and letting the visual learner complete the task or chore without adult prompting every step can sometimes be the most challenging for the adult. However, the stepping back can become a reality if the home environment was organised visually for the visual learner. 

Go to this link http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/organised-mum-belinda-hampson-pulled-together-these-hacks-from-kmart-and-bunnings/news-story/f0f84a1a67af2ad03846c3bb2317b473 and read about a mother's efforts to make the routines in this Sydney household less chaotic and stress free. Look at how she is making all the visual supports work together, particularly the use of the clock. Interestingly, the visual supports adopted by this mother are strategies used for students/children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. So visuals are important for everyone!