Learning Visually

"Break the Skill Down!" - Using Task Analysis

Since my last blog on this topic (12 months ago!), I continue to get requests for more examples. Taken from my work "Tools of the Trade: Personalised Learning Plans (Bortoli, 2016), this Blog gives examples of task analysis in the area of Personal Literacy.

PDA: It's about "Can't not Won't!"

Read about Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), how it presents and its effect on the learner in the mainstream classroom.

The Visual Learner and the Preschool Environment

Read about what the Visual Learner is looking for in the learning and social environments.

"You change the environment - You change the Behaviour!"

Read about the importance of organised and de-cluttered learning spaces for the visual learner.

Using a Visual Problem-solving tool for Students with ADHD

Read about the use of a Social Autopsy tool with students who have ADHD presenting with social problem-solving issues.

Supporting Routines in the Home

Read about the benefit of organising the home environment for the visual learner, and how one Sydney mum addressed busy routines using visual structure for her children.

Executive Skills and Visual Learners

This is an introduction to Executive Skills. Read how visual supports can address the weak executive skills of a visual learner.

Visual Structure in the Home

Read about the use of visual structure in the child's home environment.

Working with Task Analysis: Make your own data sheet or visual support.

After reading my two blogs about Task Analysis, try and create your own data sheet or visual support. To get you started I have provided some excerpts from my current work "Tools of the Trade: Personalised Learning Plans" (Bortoli, 2016), which may help with some of the students you work with, otherwise create your own Task Analysis.

Using Task Analysis for Goal Writing

Read about the use of Task Analysis to write observable goals.

Break it down visually!

Read about task analysis and how it can be applied visually.

Remember the "90/10" Rule for Visual Learners

Read about the definition and characteristics of a visual learner.


Read researchers' comments about the use of visual supports.

Work with their Strength to achieve Independence!

Read about what a student with a developmental delay want their teachers or parents to know.