Visual supports can be used to communicate with people on the autism spectrum. They are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations.
Visual supports can help to provide structure and routine, encourage independence, build confidence, improve understanding, avoid frustration and anxiety, and provide opportunities to interact with others. They can make communication physical and consistent, rather than fleeting and inconsistent like spoken words can be.
Find out about the different typesand usesof visual supports and where to find resources.
Types of visual support
A wide range of items can be used as visual supports. For example:
tactile symbols/objects of reference, eg swimming trunks, packaging, food labels
miniatures of real objects
plain squares of coloured card
These can be real objects, printed images, or on a smartphone, tablet or computer.