When it comes to teaching using autism strategies, visual cue cards are a must! This free set of quick visual cue cards are perfect for young learners, who aren’t processing language effectively. They need visuals to help them process what is happening during their day. This is especially true for transitions or new routines! This free set provides visuals for going to the store, shopping at the store, and getting into the car. By using visuals, you can increase understanding, reduce anxiety, and encourage smooth transitions.
Speaking of transitions, check out these 7 ways to encourage smoother transitions in young children with autism. This blog post talks about how you can use a first-then board, a transition object, a wait mat, a timer, an all done bucket, and a start chart. As you may have guessed, many of these strategies can be used in tandem when supporting transitions in your students with autism. If you prefer, you can watch a replay of a Facebook Live on the topic of encouraging smoother transitions. Download the free Visual Supports Starter Set by signing up here.
A visual schedule can also be used to prepare children for what to expect during their day. In addition, a visual communication book can help pre-verbal or non-speaking autistic children. It allows them to learn to effectively communicate with others using a visual modality. Both of these are ways of teaching children with autism using best practice strategies.
Head over and listen to the podcast episodes on this topic of visual supports on The Autism Little Learners Podcast! Search for episodes 2 and 3.
Don’t forget to grab the free Visual Supports Starter Set!