Visual supports can be used anytime, anywhere, and for a wide variety of reasons.
For example, visual supports are useful when:
• Children may not understand how much longer they have until their turn
• Children are learning to play with toys with increased complexity
• Children are struggling with adjusting their responses when rules differ at home, at school, and in the community
Visual supports can be used to help children identify the steps needed to solve a problem or to devise a plan in terms of where they are going to play and what they are going to do when they get there.
Visual supports can also be used when there is a misunderstanding (or potential for it), or even when there are multiple choices that may be overwhelming through auditory channels (i.e., the information is delivered in a way that is too limiting for the child to process),
Visual supports can also help when a child is experiencing a strong emotion and need help to regain a more neutral emotional state.
- Three emotion printables (happy, unhappy, anxious)
- Pre-K Teach & Play Practice Point on the effective use of visual supports [pdf]
BONUS: Check out this video where Barbara Avila demonstrate how to use the Sun Diagram technique.