Visual supports are non-verbal ways for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them.
Children with autism benefit from using visual supports for a variety of reasons. Visual support can help children with autism find effective ways to communicate using visuals rather than auditory information.
Visual aids expand a child with autism’s ability to interact with his/her surroundings. They can give children a sense of autonomy and allow them to make choices and express needs.
Visual aids also help children comprehend daily rhythms and have input in their activities. Perhaps most importantly, visual aids can open lines of communication.
Sand Timers are a simple and effective tool to help children understand the passage of time. It can be used as a visual aid, a sensory item and both as a toy and tool to help develop an understanding of time with the more difficult core concepts of a clock.
Emotion Balls help to develop a child’s understanding of others and help to build facial expression. Emotions include laughing, crying and looking grim.