#4: Success Stories: The impact of visual resources for autistic children
Last Updated on April 28, 2021 by Steph Reed One of the ways we can really enhance children’s understanding is through the use of visual resources. By visual resources I mean anything from pictures to photos to symbols to physical objects. Anything visual that when paired with a word, enhances meaning and understanding.So an example of using a visual resource versus not using a visual resource would be… When asking the question “do you want an apple or pear?”. I could ask this question with no visual resource or I could ask this question by having an actual apple and pear in each hand, or by showing a picture of an apple and pear.The addition of the visual resources can really help a child’s understanding of the question, as well as help the child to focus on the question and additionally help to develop communication and language because the adult is modelling the vocabulary in context. For example, saying ‘apple’ when showing an apple.Using visual resources to enhance understanding and develop language and communication can make such a difference and will help to prevent challenging behaviour, because the child’s understanding is supported.In this podcast episode, I share examples through my experience of teaching children with autism, where using visual resources has made such an impact for the child. These experiences taught me so much and I want to share this with you. Success story 1: Weeing in the toilet – the importance of ensuring the visual resource we use is meaningful and specific. Success story 2: Like and don’t like visuals – the importance of making visual supports accessible. Success story 3: Now and next board – how supporting transitions visually can impact a child’s understanding, engagement and learning. I also provide information on an upcoming training workshop with Widgit Software and myself on April the 26th 2019, 10:00 – 12:30 at Camden Learning Centre in London.The workshop is all about HOW and WHY we should use visual supports to support teaching and learning.Tickets are only £4.50! More event information here.I hope you enjoy the episode! Please share it with anyone who you think will benefit from the information or who may find it interesting. Download Your FREE Inclusive Teaching Strategies Guide! 11 Inclusive teaching strategies to support the learning of all children, not just those with special educational needs. This guide is made for teaching staff as well as parents and carers. Learn Practical Ways to Meet the Needs of Autistic Children and Maximise Their Potential Take a look at our popular range of online courses and coaching programs for teachers, children's professionals and parents. Designed to build your skills and knowledge to meet autistic needs and help children thrive! Teaching Autistic Children With Impact8 courses full of practical skills for Teachers to ensure autistic children reach their potential. Practical Skills In Supporting Autistic Children7 courses full of practical strategies to support autistic children. For TA's, Support Assistants and Professionals. Parents & Carers: Nurturing Your Autistic Child6 courses full of practical and helpful ways to support your child's learning and development. The post #4: Success Stories: The impact of visual resources for autistic children appeared first on Autism Spectrum Teacher.