Using visuals to support everyday routines and transitions
As adults we use visuals every day. Some examples include calendars, to-do lists, maps, and assembly instructions. Therefore, it isn’t hard to see why children would benefit from similar supports.
What are visual aids?
Visual aids are communication tools that act as a cue for children to help through a particular routine or develop specific skills, like routine boards, visual schedules, checklists, etc. Visuals can help to provide structure and routine, improve understanding, avoid frustration and offer opportunities to interact with others.
Visuals can assist with many things, including:
- Language and communication skills
- Comprehension and understanding
- Organization, scheduling, and choice making
- Rules, reminders, and following directions
- Reinforcing specific skills and/or behaviors