Learning Visually

Work with their Strength to achieve Independence!

1.       Get to know the learning and behaviour profile

2.       Be creative in how you develop a visual support

3.       Create a successful learning environment by using visuals efficiently.

What a student/child with a ASD/ADHD/ID wants you to know:

·       I am more likely to be successful in attending to visual material than social events

·       By pairing verbal instructions with visual cues I am more likely to understand the verbal instruction

·       Visual cues help me learn to understand and use concepts such as WH questions

·       They help support my communication and help me self-manage when I am stressed and anxious

·       I am better focused on my tasks and instructions

·       I am less anxious when I have something to refer to

·       They make abstract concepts more concrete for me

·       They help me express my thoughts especially when I am unclear and anxious

·       Make my visuals relevant to my needs

Related to the final point, technology can also become a useful visual strategy. One example is the use of video modelling that can be used to teach specific social, behaviour, self-care and routine skills. Click here to see one example of video modelling being used to teach brushing teeth.