Learning Visually

Visual Structure in the Home


Importance of Visual Structure

  • This is what helps the child stay focused by providing individualised information within the home that clarifies, organises or instructs
  • Clarifies by drawing attention to the important detail
  • Helps the child get organised when completing a chore or task
  • It's a form of instruction by giving the child visual information about how to complete the task e.g. setting the table. In other words, it becomes "YOU" in your absence. So while you are busy preparing the evening meal or hanging the washing, the visual is guiding your child through the task. 
  • The visual structure that is used, must work for the child even on a BAD day


Importance of Visual Schedules

  • They present the abstract concept of time in a concrete and manageable form
  • In a concrete manner, shows the child the activities of the day and in what order they will occur
  • They compensate for their difficulties in planning and organisings themselves
  • They support their language
  • Visual schedules are permanent – Speech is transient and brief—



How to Introduce a Schedule

• Start with 1-3 objects, photos or icons
• Use simple language “Check schedule”
• Guide the child to the schedule and then to the location the schedule is sending them
• Teach the child how to use it
• Add change, expand as needed
• When the child is through with the task say “Check schedule” to teach them how it works


Developing the Visual

You can use almost anything around you as a visual. It doesn't have to be sophisticated and looking perfect. What is important to the visual learner is that the detail matches their need. There is a new resource available to parents called Helping Hand Visuals. Go to the Helping Hand Visuals website to see what it offers. 

Watch this Youtube video to see how to use a Visual timetable Wall Hanging.