Sharing an “Autism-Visual Strategies” success story

Here’s an autism visual strategies success story from one of my newsletter readers.

“The most profound experiences that I have had using visual strategies is when a new child comes to me and his/her parents are so frustrated that their child not only does not talk, but also has behavior problems.

I introduce the child (and parents) to visual strategies and the parents are always amazed at how quickly their child understands how to communicate.

I then give the parents a few visual strategies (pictures, signs/gestures, etc.) to use at home and they come back the next session with a report of how well the visual strategies are working at home and in such a short time. Then it’s just a process of building on what works for that child.”

This is a great example of Autism-Visual Strategies success that I hope can inspire others!

Do you have an Autism-Visual Strategies success story?  Please share below!

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  1. We have students with limited language expression/comprehension and using pictures to help them understand and follow a routine has been almost like magic. The child stops protesting because they know where they are going, and they know there will be something good there. I use the example of attending a training or meeting, but the presenter doesn’t give you an agenda- after an hour or so, you get anxious- when is the break? How far into the information have we gotten? Will we get to stop for lunch, and when? Using a schedule the kids can understand is so valuable for their routine, but also for making them comfortable at school. It also increases their independence because they know where they are going, and can lead you there.

  2. I have a student this year who had never been in any setting except for Mom, Dad or Grandma. This child did not take kindly to having any kind of structure. I took pictures of anything I thought the child would come in contact with. He quickly took to pointing to a picture to request what he wanted. To top it off the original pictures were in black and white-wallet size. I have since printed colored pictures. Don’t know if it matters much to him-the adults can recognize the requested item easier.
    We aren’t there yet, still a lot of work to do. However, this has been a great step for us and we are all in awe as to how quickly he took to the pictures.

    1. Thanks for sharing your story. For many students, the color/no-color issue is not important. For others, the more realistic the picture is, the better. Those are things you need to test out. The good part is that you have had some success. That helps both the parents and the child to “buy in” to this new tool. Congratulations!

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