“If you’ve told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand,
then it is not the child who is the slow learner.”
Attributed to Walter Barbee
Because of this, we often find ourselves "bombarding" them with verbal instructions and/or information, with minimal success. Use of visual supports reduces this verbal input, and allows them to view the instructions or information as long as necessary.
“Visual supports organize a sequence of events, enhancing the student’s ability to understand, anticipate and participate in those events.
Visual supports supplement verbal instruction, clarifying the information for the student and increasing comprehension.
Visual supports can be used to cue communication, providing reminders of what to do and say in a situation."
Below, you will find links to files, and sites, which provide good information on the making and use of visuals.
The information presented in this web site is provided as a source for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a recommended program, or substitute for physician or therapist evaluation or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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A variety of online timers. Great for use on the Activboard!
Recipes for Non-Readers
Books of visual supports for art,play skills, life skills, and work baskets. A monthly
Contains simple recipes in written or picture versions
This is a Yahoo Group for sharing ideas, visuals, and help. You must join, but it is free.
Boardmaker bingo/lotto games
Teaching Learners with Special Needs
A blog with massive amounts of information and links
The Baltimore CIty Schools site of many adapted books. Also other teacher/parent resources.
Miami-Dade School District Boardmaker Downloads
This page has many downloads, but the rest of the site also has other great ideas and resources.
NYC Dept. of Education - more adapted books
BoardMaker Files and tutorials
Listings of Boardmaker and other visual supports.
Free sign and label maker for classrooms
Bingo Board Generator
Make your own bingo boards. Also includes images of various subjects for flashcards.
Success With Supports
Resouces for visual supports
Information on this program which uses visuals to support children with sensory processing and sensory motor challenges.
Includes many visual supported activities and stories, including one for hurricane preparedness.
Notebook visual support
A pull-off piece notebook communication aid.
Red and Green Choices
Visual supports with behavioral strategies.
BoardMaker Plus activities from a content developer for Mayer-Johnson.
Trisha's Mom-Boardmaker Sharing
Boards from a mom of a daughter with special needs.
Resources for visual supports
Polk Co. Public Schools BoardMaker Resources
Lots of resources, activities, "how to's"
SET-Special Education Technology
Visual supports for many areas in school, home, and the community. All files in both PDF and Boardmaker format.
Teacher Created Resources-Montgomery Co. Schools
In both Windows and MAC files.
Makers of BoardMaker and other communication devices/aids. There are some free downloads in the download section.
Task ideas and free visuals.
This is a free web resource from Mayer-Johnson and DynaVox that combines file sharing, powerful search capabilities, implementation articles, open discussion forums, and community functions.
Use Visual Strategies
PBS site - Create your own groovy dance combination! Print and cut out all 16 Dance Cards.
Visual Immersion Program
Animated and audio stories
Pete's Power Point Station
Loads of powerpoints to use in the classroom, home, and by students! Also includes templates to make interactive powerpoints. DEFINITELY worth checking out!!
I need help. Communication bracelets
Using Visual Strategies for Autism
A free webinar on successfully using visual strategies. Plenty of other information too.
Say It With Symbols
Collection of free materials found or created to help kids with speech disorders communicate at home and in the community.
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Kids Can Dream
Home and School Social Stories
Ms. Sue's OT Room
Lamarque Elementary School, Sarasota School District