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Visual Support

Early Intervention School

Introduction to Visual Support

Visual supports are tools that help students with special needs understand their surroundings and communicate their needs. May contain images, symbols, or written words that provide visual cues and aid comprehension. Visual support is especially helpful for students with language, attention and sensory processing difficulties, helping them to be more successful in school and at home.

Types of Visual Supports

There are many types of visual supports available for students with special needs. Pictures are a common tool that help students understand the sequence of activities and events throughout the day. Social Stories uses images and words to teach social skills and appropriate behavior. A visual timer helps students understand how long it will take to complete a task, and a selection board provides options for decision making. Visual support for communication, such as visual communication boards, help students express their desire and needs.

How to implement Visual Support

Implementing visual supports requires careful planning and consideration of the individual needs of students. It is important to consider the student’s age, developmental level, learning style and individual needs when choosing visual aids. Creating visual supports can be done using a variety of materials, including digital graphics, photographs, and physical objects. It is also important to introduce visual aids gradually, giving students ample opportunity to learn and practice using visual aids.

Benefits of Visual Supports

Studies have shown that visual support are highly effective in facilitating learning and success in students with special needs. Visual supports help students understand their surroundings and communicate their needs, and can increase their independence and self-confidence. It also helps reduce anxiety and frustration and enhance social interaction by providing a common visual language for communication.