‘Visual Timetable’ supports can be used to communicate with people on the autism spectrum. They are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations.
We had ones at home, for the car, within School, on holiday and at Damon’s grandparent’s House.
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.
Use different timetables that work for your child and keep your daily routine in mind.
A wide range of items can be used as visual supports.
Tactile symbols/objects of reference, eg: swimming trunks, packaging, food labels, photographs, miniatures of real objects, coloured pictures, stickers, favourite character pictures, symbols and written words.
These can be real objects, printed images, or ones drawn by yourself that relate to your child.
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