USE OF VISUAL SCHEDULE FOR AUTISTIC KIDS

VISUAL SCHEDULES FOR AUTISTIC KIDS

People on the autism spectrum tend to learn best using visual supports rather than through auditory input. Visual schedules often use images, symbols and photos that can come in a variety of forms that helps to better communicate a task or activity.   Seeing it, rather than saying it, helps the person retain and process information. The wide availability of smartphones and modern tablets makes it possible to make the visual schedule to access easily.

Advantages of visual schedules

It uses visual strengths and therefore provides a receptive communication system to increase understanding

It helps the individual to learn new things and broaden their interests

Increases the individual’s flexibility

Helps remain calm and reduces inappropriate behaviors

Helps the individual to develop independence and self-esteem

Visual supports can be used for:

  • Create daily/weekly schedules with visual blocks of time
  • Show sequential steps in a task such as a bedtime routine or getting dressed
  • Demonstrate units of time
  • Make a “to do” list
  • Aid communication for those who are less or non-verbal
  • Offer choices; etc

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