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Visual Supports

Research suggests that people with ASD have difficulty understanding social information and responding appropriately, often respond best to visually represented information, and are often dependent on others to assist them in many aspects of life. (National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2015).

Els for Autism® has created the following visual supports for you to download for personal use.

Templates + Checklists from Els for Autism

More Visual Supports

Boardmaker software and Picture Communication Symbols by Tobii Dynavox

What are Visual Supports?

Visual supports are concrete cues that provide information about an activity, routine, or expectation and/or support skill demonstration. Visual supports can provide assistance across activity and setting and can take on a number of forms and functions. These include but are not limited to: photographs, icons, drawings, written words, objects, environmental arrangement, schedules, graphic organizers, organizational systems, and scripts.

(Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. Cox, A. W., Fettig, A., Kucharczyk, S., Schultz, T. R., 2014).

Read more about visual supports and how to use first-then boards, visual schedules, etc. here.