Using words can be overwhelming, easy to forget and, for some children, hard to process. Using clear visual images around your setting provides a great way of supporting children to become as calm and settled as possible, and therefore reduce anxiety.
Using visuals cards can be a supportive way to communicate for a child with speech and language and communication needs including children with autism.
Visuals help to provide structure and routine whilst helping to build understanding and reduce anxiety. Using a simple visual routine allows a child to know what is happening and when which is particularly important for children with autism. It can be used as a positive intervention to avoid frustrations whilst encouraging some independence.
Visuals can come in the form of:
• Objects of reference
• Coloured Pictures
• Black and white Symbols
• Written words
• Plain squares of card or paper with drawings
There are different kinds of visual supports and for you and your child and when introducing them it can feel a little trial and error to find which works best for you.