"Imagine being on one of those whirlwind package tours of Europe; sixteen cities in 7 days. You discover the tour agent forgot to give you an itinerary. Every day you don't know where you are goin, what you are going to see or when you are going to eat. Frustrating? That is how many of our students feel about life on a daily basis. It is one of the reasons we see students cling to ritual and routine." ~Linda Hodgdon
This page holds a powerpoint presentation on Visual Supports for students in regular and special education classrooms. There are also examples of different types of visual supports that can be downloaded or adapted for a particular student. Much of the research about visual supports has been done through autism programs. However, visual supports can be beneficial to all students, including those in regular education classrooms, those with speech and language impairments, and those with learning disabilities other than autism.
Most of us rely on visual supports every day. We use calendars to schedule our day, street signs to guide us on our way, store signs and brand logos to influence our shopping, and parking space lines in a parking lot. Visual supports are all around us, and they can help children learn to manage their activities during a typical school day. Words disappear almost as soon as they are spoken; visual supports remain for a student to refer to long after the spoken words have disappeared.