Visual supports are crucial tools for increasing communication in people with autism. Many individuals with autism struggle to understand verbal instructions and communication, but often have strong visual skills. Utilizing visual supports can capitalize on this strength and help them take more active roles in their lives.

Visual supports come in various forms like pictures, objects, and boards. Choice boards are excellent tools for giving people with autism the ability to communicate their preferences. This can be used for games, meals, and other activities. With a choice board, the individual can see their options in a collection of pictures and choose by pointing out what they want. 

Visual schedules are a versatile tool and allows people with autism to see what is coming up in their day. This helps reduce anxiety by giving them a look at what they can expect in their daily routine: school, chores, meals, bedtime, etc. Depending on the individual’s needs, visual schedules can be broken down even further to include smaller tasks. The visual schedule also serves as a way for parents, teachers, or guardians to slowly introduce something new into the person’s daily schedule. 

 Another useful visual support is a First-Then Board. These boards can encourage people with autism to do an undesirable task because they will then be able to do an activity they enjoy. This tool is another way to bring predictability into the person’s day. Like the visual schedule, this can also be broken down into smaller tasks if needed.









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