Sunday, May 24, 2015

Great Resources for Creating Visual Schedules and Supports

Visual supports include concrete items, pictures, symbols or printed words and or a combination of these. These supports may assist children in their ability to maintain attention, understand spoken language, and sequence and organize their environment (Hodgdon, 1995). Most of us know that using visuals with children with special needs is a good idea, but it can sometimes to daunting to know where to start. Having examples that have been successful for others or having access to the visuals themselves can be very helpful. Take a look at these websites full of information and resources for making the most of visual supports.

Use Visual Strategies - This website created by Speech Language Pathologist, Linda Hodgdon, features a wealth of practical advice and examples. There are products available for purchase, but there are also many free resources.

Do 2 Learn - Do 2 Learn is a website with ten different free areas to create a variety of visual supports including: schedules, reminder strips, work systems and more. The site also features information on social skills, behavioral regulation, communication, academic materials and transition guides to name a few. - This site is designed for individuals with a developmental disability and their support network. The visuals engine can be accessed here. Funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald Charities, this tool allows you to create, save and print choice boards, rule cards, schedules, first/then cards and more. The picture symbols used are from Boardmaker and are property of Mayer-Johnson. They can be used for non-commercial, personal and educational purposes. This is a wonderful resources for schools and families!

Autism House: Visual Supports for the Home video -The Autism House: Visual Supports for the Home (Part 1) is a resource for families or anyone who lives with someone on the autism spectrum This simulated house features a living room, bedroom, dining room/homework area, kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor area set up with visual supports to aid individuals on the autism spectrum as they go about their daily routines at home. Helpful information from a variety of sources are available. Click on the link for a detailed video tour of the house. 

Do you have a favorite resource for creating visual supports? Please share it with us in the comments below.
Sarah will be attending her kid's 8th grade promotion one week from today. She may need to create a "no hysterical crying" visual to bring to the ceremony.

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